Manchester City have appealed against UEFA’s two-year Champions League ban, over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP). The case will now be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it’s still not clear when a final decision will be made.
UEFA made the decision to ban City from all European competitions earlier this month.
The club were found guilty of “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and FFP regulations. The Citizens were also fined £25million.
It came after a lengthy investigation into City’s spending, following a series of leaked emails last year.
City always maintained their innocence throughout the investigation, and have now officially launched their appeal to CAS.
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A CAS statement read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
“The appeal is directed against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial
Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from the next two seasons of UEFA club competitions for which the club would qualify and ordered to pay a fine of EUR 30 million.
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“Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened. Once the Panel has been formally constituted it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing.
“Following the hearing, the Panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.
“It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.”
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UEFA imposed the two-year ban from European competitions, after the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body found City guilty.
They claimed that City had overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts, and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.
It also suggested that City failed to co-operate throughout the investigation.
But, City have categorically denied the claims, and are insistent that CAS will find them innocent.
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Manchester City said in a statement: “The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
“In December 2018, the UEFA chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.
“The club has formally complained to the UEFA disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible.”
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