The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has established that they have registered an appeal from Manchester City as the reigning Premier League champions fight to overturn a two-season Champions League ban.
UEFA observed the club responsible of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate with its investigation, handing City a €30m (£25m/$33m) fine on top of their two-year European suspension.
City moved shortly to profess their innocence and vowed to show UEFA wrong, with a CAS appeal the first order of business.
CAS has now established the appeal has been lodged, releasing an official statement on Wednesday, which reads: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club in opposition to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
“The attraction is directed against the selection of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from the next two seasons of UEFA club competitions for which the club would qualify and ordered to pay a fine fee of EUR 30 million.
“Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures contain an alternate of written submissions between the events while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened.
Once the Panel has been formally constituted it troubles procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel deliberates and then issues its selection in the structure of an Arbitral Award.
“It is not feasible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.”
City will hope that a verdict will be reached instead than later as the ban poses a wide variety of questions regarding the club’s future.
Indeed, while Pep Guardiola has signalled his intent to remain at the club even if the ban is upheld , the Catalan coach may want to be forgiven for thinking about a move elsewhere.
The same ought to be stated for the players, too, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling having already been linked with summer transfers rather than spend two years in the Champions League wilderness.
Similarly, Guardiola has admitted that making summer season signings could prove extremely hard as top players will see a lack of European football as a real draw back to joining the Manchester club.