Date set for Manchester City E...


Date set for Manchester City European ban appeal

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Manchester City's appeal against their 2-year ban from European competition will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) between June 8 and 10.

The Premier League champions were left reeling by the punishment when it was handed out in February after they were found to have breached Financial Fair Play and club licencing regulations.

UEFA also handed the club a €30 million fine following a hearing of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Uefa Club Financial Control Body(CFCB) on the 22nd of January.

In a statement UEFA said that Manchester City "overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016."

European football's governing body also said that the English club failed to 'cooperate in the investigation by the CFCB' before issuing a ban from all UEFA competitions in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

Days later, Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano denied the UEFA charges and stated the intention of the club to appeal the punisment.

"Well the most important thing I have to say today is that the allegations are not true. They are simply not true," said Sorriano.

"The fans can be sure of two things. The first one is that the allegations are false. And the second is that we will do everything that can be done to prove so."

The ban cannot be imposed until the appeal case is heard by the CAS, after which the club will have a clearer idea of where they stand before the transfer window reopens.

The summer window could be moved due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing delays to leagues finishing around Europe while it could be the end of August before the current Champions League and Europa League campaigns finish.

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has already hinted at a move away if the ban stays in place.

"The club told us they are going to appeal and they are almost 100% sure they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team.

"Once the decision is made, I will review everything. Two years would be long, but in the case of one year I might see."

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