Man City to play in Champions League after ban is overturned by CAS

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Man City appeal against their two year ban from European competition has fell on fertile hear. Nevertheless, they are now eligible for Champions League after their ban has been overturned. This news broke today after the Court of Arbitration sat on the case and confirmed the reversal.

The former Premier League Champions were hit with a two-year European competition ban. They were fined 30 million Euros in February for breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations. Nevertheless, after the Manchester City management filed for a three-day appeal the punishment has been overturned.

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Statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sports

The Court of Arbitration state: “The Court of Arbitration award emphasized that most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber were not established or time-barred. As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations. Moreover, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in European club competitions on Man City. Although they failed to cooperate with investigations, the have been freed”.

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With regards to the decision, Man City manager Per Guardiola made a hopeful statement. He made mention that he is hopeful that his side will be competing in Europe next season. Moreover, the decision made by the CAS to reduce to 2/3, the initial fine imposed on Manchester City. This means Manchester City will pay an amount of 10 million Euros.

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The overturning of the decision will bring high pressure in the Premier League in battle for top 4. Consequently, the Champions League and battle for European spot would be very tough. Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea would be challenging for only two spots. Liverpool and Manchester City and Liverpool have captured the other two.

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Also, “Whilst Manchester City and its advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Also, the Club welcomes the ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and body of evidence that was presented. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered”. Manchester City made the statement.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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