Kevin Phillips believes that the latest update from Sky Sports regarding Manchester City’s European ban could be a blow to Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
City were handed a two-year ban from European football and fined £24.9 million by UEFA for breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Premier League side have challenged the decision and insisted that they have not breached the rules in any way.
Sky Sports reported earlier this week that the case will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from June 8 to June 10.
If the ban is upheld by CAS or reduced to a year, it will mean that if Jose Mourinho’s side manage to secure fifth place, they will secure qualification for next season’s Champions League (Evening Standard).
However, Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side have “a decent chance” of overturning the ban.
Phillips believes that it will be the Lilywhites who will be affected the most if CAS does overturn UEFA’s decision.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Premier League Golden Boot winner said: “If it does happen, it is going to affect someone and unfortunately, that looks like it will be Tottenham.
“It would be a bit of a blow. If it gets overturned it gets overturned and they will have to deal with it.
“It will be bad news for someone. It is just like ‘Project Restart’ with the Premier League and Championship – it affects some in a good way and some in a bad way.”
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We will know before the resumption of the Premier League whether or not a fifth-place finish will be enough to see us qualify for the Champions League. Looking at how similar cases have gone in the past, I don’t hold much hope that the ban will be upheld.
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