Manchester City were handed a two-year ban from European competition by UEFA after being found guilty of “serious breaches” Financial Fair Play regulations. The current Premier League champions were also fined £25 million (€30m). (The Guardian)
City stated it was ‘simply not true’ and launched an appeal against the two-year ban with the decision to be made in July. (BBC)
A report by Daily Express, looked at three possible outcomes of City’s appeal which could also affect Spurs’ Champions League hopes for next season.
One outcome could be City lose the appeal and would mean the two-year ban would remain in place, leading to City’s spot in the Champions League potentially awarded to the side who finishes in fifth place.
This would be the best scenario for Spurs as a fifth-place finish is the most realistic with us currently sitting in eighth place, four points away from Manchester United. (BBC)
Another outcome, and the worst-case scenario for Spurs, is City win the appeal and take their place in the 2020/21 Champions League.
Mourinho would need to close a seven-point gap to Chelsea in fourth place with Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield United also competing for the final spot.
The final outcome would be City’s punishment is reduced which could see the length of the ban and/or having the fine lowered.
If the ban is reduced to one season, it would still allow Spurs to gain entry into the Champions Leagues by finishing in fifth place this season.
Majority of Spurs fans will be anxiously waiting for the decision to be made in July. A 5th place finish is the most realistic for Spurs ahead of the restart of the Premier League. So, the outcome of City losing the appeal would be the most significant for Mourinho or, even, the punishment is reduced.
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