Eight of the Premier League’s top ten clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, have launched a bid to stop Manchester City from playing in the Champions League next season, according to a report.
This comes as Pep Guardiola’s side have lodged an appeal against a two-year European ban. The appeal was due to be held in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it is now unclear as to when it will go ahead amidst the coronavirus lockdown.
The Daily Mail has revealed that many of City’s Premier League rivals do not want the reigning champions’ ban to be ‘stayed’ due to the delay. However, it is claimed that Man City haven’t made such a request at this stage.
The likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea have separately written to the same law firm. The firm has then sent an application backed by all to the CAS, conveying their opposition to any decision to stay the appeal.
One source from the group that launched the appeal to CAS is quoted as saying, “The feeling is that enough is enough. For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.
“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”
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Unsurprisingly, other clubs don’t want City to get into the Champions League as it gives them a much better chance of getting into the competition next season. It is an open secret that City have overstated their revenue for a long time and if they get off without any punishment, it will prove that FFP is unimplementable.
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