Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City lodge Champions League ban appeal

Manchester City lodge Champions League ban appeal

Though the sense of injustice could very well fuel the City players on to a memorable victory at the Santiago Bernabéu, the prospect of two seasons without Champions League football- even if they win the whole thing- could spell serious danger as the club aim to cement their status as one of European football's powerhouses.

UEFA found City guilty of "serious breaches" of financial monitoring rules and failing to co-operate with an investigation opened nearly one year ago. However, five months later CAS ruled City's appeal as "inadmissible" because UEFA had not reached a final decision on the case.

In a statement Cas said: "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)".

Having received the ban City immediately vowed to fight the sanctions imposed on February 14 for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

It said it would first invite written submissions from the two parties while a panel of arbitrators was convened. Once the Panel has actually been officially comprised it problems step-by-step instructions, consisting of, inter alia, relative to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel mulls over and afterwards releases its choice in the type of an Arbitral Award.

Cas says "it is not possible" to say when the matter will be resolved.

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The clash will come a few days right after England superstar Raheem Sterling refused to rule out a move to the Bernabeu in the long run in an job interview with Spanish media.

Real reignited interest in landing the sensational forward who has scored eleven EPL goals this season after reality beckoned that Man City may not participate in next year's Champions League.

It marked the end of a lengthy probe into City's financial affairs, which was launched following a series of allegations made by German publication Der Spiegel in November 2018.

The UEFA sanctions centre around its decision that the club are guilty of "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016" and added that the club "failed to cooperate in the investigation".

"My trust is with the club".

The Premier League champions were given a heavy punishment by Europe's governing body as they also fined them £25m.

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