News ID: 266899
Published: 0224 GMT March 14, 2020

City's UEFA ban appeal up in air as CAS grapples with coronavirus

City's UEFA ban appeal up in air as CAS grapples with coronavirus

Manchester City's appeal against their two-year UEFA ban from European football is up in the air as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland deals with the impact of the coronavirus.

City had hoped to have its hearing heard by early summer but that may be optimistic given the court in Lausanne has already postponed three hearings and has 16 cases already scheduled until May 18, with the City case not yet listed, Reuters reported.

CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb told Reuters that the court was already making adjustments and was "monitoring the situation closely and continually adapting to the changing circumstances."

"In-person hearings are still being conducted, where the participants agree to do so," he added in an email statement.

"When participants are located in high-risk regions, we are offering the possibility of using video or phone links or postponing to a later date."

Reeb said that parties in cases are able to request that a decision be made "solely on the basis of the written submissions, without a hearing being held."

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 club, which has denied wrongdoing, appealed the decision and last month its CEO Ferran Soriano said the club wanted "an early resolution" and that the "best hope is that this will be finished before the beginning of the summer."

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. It would also be banned from European competition in the 2021-22 season.

But the qualification process for the Champions League is also clouded by the coronavirus situation, with domestic leagues across the continent having suspended play.




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