Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the two-year ban on Manchester City by the UEFA. The club is now officially eligible to compete in the next year’s Champions League.
Manchester City were handed the ban as a result of serious breaches of club licensing. UEFA’s club financial body also claimed in February that the club had breached the financial fair play regulations set in place.
After the verdict, the CAS has issued the club to pay a 10 million euro fine as a result of a violation of Article 56 of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. The fine initially set by UEFA was 30 million euros, which was slashed to up to two-thirds by the CAS.
Here is what Manchester City had to comment after the announcement of the verdict.
“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,”
UEFA also released a statement after the verdict. The organization stated that the ruling went against their favour since the CAS found the evidence to be insufficient. UEFA concluded by stating that there would be no additional comments from their side regarding this matter.
Manchester City had declined any sort of allegations since February and after a series of presenting evidence to the CAS over the course of three days in June, the ruling has favoured them in the end.
Manager Pep Guardiola had claimed that he trusts the club’s management to deal with the situation and had even mentioned their optimism over getting the ban overturned.
“Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,”
“That is the challenge that is the minimum requirement for this club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.
“We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.”
This win, miles away from the football field is arguably Manchester City’s greatest win. Their recent dominance would have been undone had this ruling gone against their favour with even their ace playmaker Kevin De Bruyne admitting he would consider his future if the ban would be in place.
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