Tottenham Hotspur will know before Premier League action resumes whether finishing fifth in the table this season will be enough to see them qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The hearing date for Manchester City’s appeal against UEFA’s two-year ban has now been announced.
Manchester City were handed a two-year ban from European football and fined £24.9million on February 14 for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
City have been accused of overstating their sponsorship revenue as well as failing to cooperate in the investigation by the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), accusations which City have denied.
If the ban is upheld or even reduced to one year, it will mean that a fifth-place finish will be enough to qualify for next season’s Champions League (Evening Standard).
With the Premier League working towards resuming on June 19 (talkSPORT), top flight clubs who are competing for the Champions League slots will know before the restart whether fifth will be enough to qualify for European football’s premier club competition or if they will need to finish in the top four.
Tottenham currently sit four points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and seven points behind Chelsea in fourth with ten games left to play this season.
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that this ruling will make a massive difference to our hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. However, looking at how previous cases have gone, it is likely that the ban will be overturned and so we shouldn’t be pinning our hopes on fifth being enough. We will likely have to make up the seven-point deficit to fourth place, which is certainly not beyond us now that we have a fully fit squad.
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