After news that Manchester City were handed a two-year ban from the Champions League by UEFA sent shock waves through world football, a new development in the case has emerged.
UEFA had banned City from European club competitions for the next two seasons due to breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016, and also fined the club €30 million (R491 million) in the process.
City immediately stated that they would appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has now registered the Premier League giants' appeal.
An official statement read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City Football Club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The appeal is directed against the decision 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 of EUR 30 million.
"Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened. Once the Panel has been formally constituted, it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the Panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.
"It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued."
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It remains to be seen whether or not CAS will rule on the case before the start of the 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Champions League, or if City's ban will be postponed if the assessment is still ongoing.
If the ban is upheld, the fifth-placed Premier League side at the end of this season will take the Citizens' spot in next season's UCL group stage.
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