The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has awarded Manchester City Football Club a morale boosting and noteworthy triumph in their pursuit to overturn their Champions League ban.
In November 2018, UEFA launched an investigation after City had allegedly inflated the value of a sponsorship deal, misleading European football’s governing body as leaked by a German newspaper ‘Der Spiegel’.
Early on this year former Premier League champions Manchester City were hit with a two–season UCL Ban and a €30 million (£24.9 million) fine, after UEFA found them to be in breach of the European governing body’s financial fair play (FFP) rules.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) - an institution independent of a sports organisations that provides for services in order to facilitate the settlement of sports related disputes - today delivered Manchester City the victory they had hoped for after the verdict of the appeal was to be overturned and the €30 million fine to be reduced to €10 million, due to the “disregard” from the club towards the UEFA investigation.
City fans rejoice as their club could see their star players continue on in the forth coming seasons and thriving in European football as it was thought big name players including Kevin De Bruyne and the likes of Raheem Sterling could consider and assess their options on leaving the former Premier League champions if a negative verdict was given. Although Manchester City’s most successful manger to date vowed to see out the remaining year of his contract, regardless of Champions League football next season, a negative verdict would have most definitely weakened City’s chances of keeping hold of their world class manager.
Now that City have European football to look forward to again it means that what could have been an inactive period in the transfer market could now see the club pushing to find a replacement for Leroy Sane and with the departure of captain, David Silva (34 years old), will Pep have faith in Phil Foden to compete consistently against the top ranking teams or will he spend millions on trying to fill the boots of such experienced players.
UEFA may decide to appeal against the decision in the Swiss Federal Court. However, it is unlikely to be heard before the start of the 2020-21 Champions League competition.
With Manchester City now looking to rebuild a Premier League and European winning team, all UEFA can now do is try to rebuild a reputation for FFP that now seems to be tarnished.
Author: Maddison Taylor