Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European club competition will begin on the 8th of June at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The English Premier League defending champions and Uefa Champions League-quarter finalist were given punishment by Uefa in February.
Manchester City was found of serious breaching of club licensing and financial fair play regulations. Manchester City has denied all charges levelled against them, according to them they said the breaches accusation is “simply not true.” The hearing is listed for three days and is not open to the public.
Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS said “some hearings may be conducted by video conference” because of the travel restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a panel of arbitrators is convened to hear the appeal.
The independent adjudicatory chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Uefa’s financial watchdog said it found City had broken the rules by “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016”, adding that the club “failed to cooperate in the investigation”.
At the time, Manchester City said they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the “prejudicial” decision and would appeal. Uefa launched an investigation after German newspaper Der Spiegel published leaked documents in November 2018 alleging City had inflated the value of a sponsorship deal, misleading European football’s governing body.
Reports have it that City who has always denied all the allegations against them is said to have deliberately misled Uefa so they could meet financial fair play rules requiring clubs to break even. If Manchester City fails to win the case at the Court of Arbitrations for Sports they will lose many players as their key player Kevin De Bruyne has made it clear that he will not remain in the club if they will not be playing in the Champions League.