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Outcome of Manchester City appeal against Champions League ban due on Monday

The club were sanctioned in February.

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Manchester City will learn their fate from CAS on Monday (Martin Rickett/NMC Pool/PA)

Manchester City will learn their fate from CAS on Monday (Martin Rickett/NMC Pool/PA)

Manchester City will learn their fate from CAS on Monday (Martin Rickett/NMC Pool/PA)

Manchester City will learn whether their appeal against a two-year Champions League ban has been successful on Monday morning.

The Blues were sanctioned by UEFA’s club financial control body (CFCB) in February for breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

City have always vigorously denied any wrongdoing and their appeal against the punishment was heard over three days by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last month.

CAS issued a statement on Friday evening which read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce the decision taken in the arbitration procedure between Manchester City Football Club and the Union of European
Football Associations (UEFA) on Monday, 13 July 2020.”

The statement added that the decision would be published on the CAS website at 10.30am Swiss time (9.30am UK).

As well as the two-year European ban, City were also fined 30 million euros (£26.8m).

The CFCB concluded City had committed a “serious” breach of club licensing and FFP 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 co-operate in the investigation”.

City immediately indicated their intention to appeal against what they said was a “flawed and consistently leaked process”.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is confident the ban will be overturned (Oli Scarff/NMC Pool/PA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is confident the ban will be overturned (Oli Scarff/NMC Pool/PA)

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is confident the ban will be overturned (Oli Scarff/NMC Pool/PA)

The investigation followed claims in German magazine Der Spiegel, based on leaked documents, that City’s owner Sheikh Mansour was topping up the value of sponsorship agreements, in breach of FFP rules. City denied the magazine’s claims.

The club sought to have the FFP investigation halted while it was in progress, but CAS ruled in November last year that that appeal was “inadmissible” because at that stage the CFCB had not determined what, if any, sanctions City should face.

City argued in that initial appeal, in court documents released earlier this year, that the decision of the CFCB’s investigatory chamber to refer the case to the adjudicatory chamber had been taken “improperly and prematurely”.

They also said UEFA had breached confidentiality during the probe, alleging that journalists were being briefed by people with knowledge of the case.

CAS did find that City’s initial appeal was “not without merit” and that the alleged leaks were “worrisome”.

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