Manchester City's kit manufacturer Puma has expressed its confidence that the club will escape the two-year European ban imposed by Uefa for breaching financial fair play rules.
City are taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where they will argue that the leaking of Uefa's findings before a judgment was made breaches the organisation's own protocols.
Should City be defeated, there are huge doubts surrounding manager Pep Guardiola's future in Manchester, as well as those of several of their star players, who will not want to miss out on Champions League football for two years. But Puma insisted it had full trust in City's management team and did not seem to envisage there had been any harm done to their business relationship.
"The accusations refer to a time before we were Manchester City's partner. We have no knowledge about this case," a Puma spokesman told offthepitch.com.
"We fully trust the management of Manchester City and are convinced that these accusations will be cleared."
Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte return to contention for tonight's West Ham clash while Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended.
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