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Reports: Eight EPL Rivals Gang Up On City Over UCL Ban

Eight Premier League clubs, including bitter rivals Manchester United, have reportedly ganged up on Manchester City regarding their UEFA Champions League ban.

Click through the gallery above to see all the clubs who signed an application to make sure City do not take part in the UCL next season.

The Citizens were banned from the upcoming two European campaigns after serious Financial Fair Play breaches, but have since lodged a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

According to the Daily Mail, eight of the league's top 10 have submitted a joint application to CAS to make sure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is pending.

CAS confirmed in March that City had appealed the case, and that they could apply to have their ban postponed until their case is heard, with no date being set yet.

This could see them gain a place in next season's edition of the Champions League should the competition start before City's appeal is completed.

Read: Massive EPL Decision Good News For Liverpool's Title Bid

However, eight of the current top 10 in the league – United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley – have signed the abovementioned application, with only Sheffield United understood to not have signed.

"For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League," a source told the Daily Mail.

"The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and – should they win the appeal – get off scot-free, which would be outrageous."

Read: 10 Clubs Who Could Be Crowned Champions If Leagues End Now

If City remain suspended from the upcoming Champions League campaign, the fifth-placed Premier League side will qualify for the competition instead.

Do you think City should be allowed to qualify for UCL football next season if their CAS case has not been heard yet? Have your say in the comments section below.


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