Man City appeal their 2-year ban from Champions League

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Wednesday that Manchester City have officially appealed their two-year ban from the Champions League.

UEFA announced last week that City would be banned from Europe for the next two seasons for Financial Fair Play breaches and for mis-leading them during their investigation.

City, through CEO Ferran Soriano, have insisted they have done nothing wrong and will fight the ruling, which also saw them fined €30m, through the Swiss court.

Their appeal has now been lodged: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport 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 30 million euros.

“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.”