Monday, May 16

CAS Overturns Manchester City Ban

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* To play in Champions League next season

Frankie Omokhua

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier on Monday, overturned the Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football.

This means the former Premier League champions will play in the Champions League next season.

City were handed the suspension by UEFA’s club financial control body in February for “serious breaches” of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

The Premier League club vehemently denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision at CAS last month, after previously describing the UEFA disciplinary process as “prejudicial”.

After hearing evidence over the course of three days in June, CAS have now overturned the suspension – meaning City are free to compete in the Champions League next season, having secured second place in the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

Speaking after the match, City manager, Pep Guardiola, said he was confident the ban would be overturned and insisted his side deserved to play in European football’s elite competition.

“Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” Guardiola told reporters.

“That is the challenge that is the minimum requirement for this club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.

Man City draw Juve or Lyon in CL last eight and Guardiola continued, “We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully, on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.”

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