Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City players will have breathed a sigh of relief when their two-year UEFA Champions League ban was overturned, but there is now a new development in the case.
The Citizens were slapped with a two-year ban from European competitions and a fine of about £24.9 million (R526 million) in February after they were found to have breached Financial Fair Play regulations.
On Monday, however, the club saw that the ban was overturned by the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with their fine also being reduced to £8 million (R189 million).
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While manager Guardiola and his players were reportedly delighted with the news, it has been claimed that many clubs across Europe are furious with the decision taken by CAS.
According to The Athletic, a Premier League chief was left stunned by the call to allow City to play in UEFA competitions again next season and the season after that, and has been in touch with other executives around Europe to discuss a way forward.
It is believed they are considering asking UEFA to take CAS' decision to a Swiss federal court, which could potentially result in the initial UEFA ruling standing. For now, however, the Citizens remain in the clear.
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