Manchester City have now learned when they will find out their fate following a two-year European ban from UEFA (Football.London).
City were hit with the ban from European competitions following ‘serious breaches’ of financial regulations and were also initially punished with a £25m fine.
The club were said to have overstated their sponsorship revenue in their accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016.
Pep Guardiola’s men submitted an appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on February 26.
If Guardiola’s side have their appeal denied and City finish within the top four, their Champions League spot may be granted to the team who finish in fifth place.
Therefore, as City won this season’s Carabao Cup, sixth and seventh place may also be granted the Premier League’s Europa League spots.
The appeal began on Monday and was set to be finalised on Wednesday, with City expecting to hear their fate come early July.
The CAS revealed in a statement(as relayed by Football London): “At the end of the hearing, both parties expressed their satisfaction with respect to the conduct of the procedure.
“The panel of arbitrators in charge of the matter, composed of Mr Rui Botica Santos (Portugal), president, Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany) and Mr Andrew McDougall QC (France), will start its deliberations and prepare the arbitral award containing their decision.
“The decision is expected to be issued during the first half of July 2020. The exact date will be communicated in advance.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Given our pretty poor showing this season, this could be a huge gift if City do have their appeal denied. Although a spot in the Champions League is still attainable and we should be aiming for a top-four spot, a place in the Europa League would not be a total disaster given what has been a season of some real low points.
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