Football Business : Manchester City’s Champions league fate to be decided today

Manchester City’s fate in future European competitions will be decided on Monday afternoon. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Friday that the decision on the club’s appeal against a two-year ban from UEFA competitions will officially be made on Monday.

The appeal was made in response after UEFA banned the club from European competitions for two years and fined City $34 million for allegedly hiding Financial Fair Play violations in overstated sponsorship revenue from 2012 to 2015. Last month, a three-day hearing was held for the case over video conference where the English side ardently refuted these claims. 

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. 

Manchester City’s Champions League Fate : Will it affect City’s participation in Champions League this year ? 

This decision does not affect City’s ability to compete in the 2019-20 tournament. What it does affect is how things operate next season. City, currently sitting second in the Premier League table, would normally qualify for the Champions League in their current spot. However, if the ban is upheld, or even just reduced for one season, the club that finishes fifth in England’s top-flight league will take their spot in the European competition.

City currently hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid after the first leg of the last 16. They’ll face off against the Spanish club on August 7 in the return match. Should they win, City will face either Juventus or Lyon in the quarterfinals. 

Manchester City’s Champions League Fate : Pep Guardiola believes City deserves their place

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City deserve their place in the Champions League next season. 

“Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” said Guardiola.

“We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.”

Manchester City’s Abu-Dhabi project and the future of UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules face a pivotal day on Monday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivers its verdict on City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competitions.

The stakes could not be higher for the English side, who have always strongly denied any wrongdoing over allegations they deliberately inflated the value of income from sponsors with links to the Abu Dhabi United Group, also owned by City owner Sheikh Mansour, to avoid falling foul of FFP regulations between 2012 and 2016.

Since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover 12 years ago, City’s fortunes have been transformed from perennially living in the shadow of local rivals Manchester United to winning four Premier League titles in the past eight years among 11 major trophies.

Yet the prize that has eluded them is the one the Abu Dhabi project most desires – the Champions League.