CAS Sets Date To Hear Manchester City Appeal Against UEFA Ban

Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European club competition will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport from June 8-10, the Swiss court confirmed on Tuesday.

The Premier League champions were banned by UEFA in February after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

European football’s governing body said City had overstated sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016 and failed to cooperate with its investigation.

The club were also handed a 30 million euro fine.

UEFA’s investigation into City was launched following revelations in German newspaper Der Spiegel where leaked documents published in November 2018 alleged that City had inflated the value of a sponsorship deal, misleading European football’s governing body.

City have denied the breaches, saying they are “simply not true”.

The Abu Dhabi owned club said at the time that UEFA’s process was flawed and consistently leaked and appealed to sport’s highest court.

The ruling, if upheld, would mean City would not be able to compete in the 2020-21 Champions League should they again qualify for Europe’s top club competition.

They would also be banned from European competition in the 2021-22 season.

The FFP regulations were introduced in 2011 to stop clubs running up big losses buying players and to ensure sponsorships are genuine commercial deals rather than ways for owners to pump cash into clubs to circumvent the rules.

City are second in the Premier League, 25 points behind Liverpool, with play halted since March 9 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The league has started non-contact training amid plans to restart in June.