News ID: 266190
Published: 0347 GMT February 26, 2020

CAS confirms Manchester City appeal against European ban

CAS confirms Manchester City appeal against European ban

The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) confirmed on Wednesday that English Premier League champion Manchester City has appealed against a two-year ban from European football.

CAS, sport’s highest court, said it had “registered an appeal” by City against the decision taken by the club financial control board of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Reuters reported.

City was banned by UEFA on February 14 and fined €30 million ($32.60 million) for “serious breaches” of its break-even regulations known as Financial Fair Play (FFP).

The ruling, if upheld, would mean City would not be able to compete in the 2020-21 Champions League should it again qualify for Europe’s top club competition. The English side would also be banned from European competition in the 2021-22 season.

UEFA said the club had overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016 and had failed to cooperate with its investigation. The club has denied wrongdoing and criticized the decision.

The Abu Dhabi United Group, the investment vehicle owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the majority owner of the City Football Group, with a stake of around 77 percent.

CAS said that “it is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.”

It said it would first invite written submissions from the two parties while a panel of arbitrators was convened. That would be followed by the hearing, which is held in private unless the parties agree to a public one.

The FFP regulations were introduced in 2011 to stop clubs running up big losses buying players and to ensure sponsorships are genuine commercial deals based on real market value and not ways for owners to pump cash into clubs to get around the rules.




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