Why Man City could play in next season’s Champions League even if their ban is upheld by CAS?

Why Man City could play in next season’s Champions League even if their ban is upheld by CAS
Man City could lose as much as $190m if the two-season ban is upheld (Image Copyright: Imago Images James Wilson / Sportimage)

The reigning Premier League champions were handed a two-year Champions League ban after they were found guilty of breaching UEFA’s financial regulations.

Provided the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds UEFA’s decision to ban them for two years, Man City could still be able to play in next season’s Champions League.

The reigning Premier League champions were locked out of Europe’s elite club competition for two years and fined €30m by UEFA’s investigative chamber after the club was found guilty of breaking financial fair play rules and misleading the European football’s governing body.

The severity of the unprecedented ban left City with little choice but to fail a review application in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Premier League club further responded that it was ‘’ disappointed but not surprised” by the decision.

Man City might play in next season’s Champions League

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Two separate reports from English newspapers Guardian and Daily Mail claim that Pep Guardiola might still be leading his troops into Champions League next season.

Three possible scenarios could happen relating to the fate of City’s appeal in CAS upon the start of next season’s Champions League.

The first possible scenario, which involves CAS still deliberating on the case after the season has already kicked off, would allow City to contest in the competition. Any decision that the court would then take would apply from the 2021/22 season.

Provided the season starts, and CAS decide that UEFA were right to hand City such a severe punishment and decide to uphold the ban, even then, as per the Guardian, City would be eligible to take part in next season’s Champions League.

That means that if City are to be kicked out of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, the Court of Arbitration for Sport would have to take any decision against the English side before the start of the 2020/21 season.


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If their past history in resolving Financial Fair Play appeals with regards to UEFA’s decisions is anything to go buy, CAS have been pretty fast when it comes to handing out their verdict

Take the example of AC Milan. The Italian giants were handed a two-year ban from European club competitions by UEFA in 2018 after the Serie A side was found guilty of breaching FFP rules.

CAS only took three months to reach on a decision which suspended the two-year ban handed down by UEFA. Surprisingly, after the ruling, Milan and the governing body reached an agreement under which the club agreed to serve a one-year ban.

However, with no one knowing the facts of Man City’s case as they are not released to the media by any party, it is impossible to predict the time CAS would take to listen to arguments from both parties and reach a decision which would decide City’s fate in the Champions League.

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