31

Manchester City with a chance to play in the Champions League and in the new season despite the UEFA penalty

Manchester City with a chance to play in the Champions League and in the new season despite the UEFA penalty

UEFA has imposed a two-year sanction on them without a right to participate in European club tournaments and a fine of EUR 30 million for violating Financial Fairplay rules

Manchester City's English champion may play in the Champions League next year, despite UEFA's punishment, which is a two-year suspension if they ask the sanction to be suspended by the CAS while their appeal is pending. This option has been suggested by leading experts in sports law.

As is well known, UEFA has imposed a two-year sanction on them without a right to participate in European club tournaments and a € 30 million fine for violating Financial Fairplay rules. UEFA is also not pleased with the fact that City have refused any assistance in their investigation.

Manchester City have denied any wrongdoing, and also said they intend to appeal the decision to the CAS in Switzerland. And when they do, they may ask for "interim measures" that would, in effect, suspend the ban until a full hearing is completed.

The Premier League champions have not indicated whether they will ask for such measures, and their CEO Ferran Soriano said he hoped for a quick and positive end to the case.

"Obviously, we are looking for the fastest possible solution, but at the same time a fair solution. My biggest hope is that this will be completed before the start of summer and until then the summer preparation remains a normal football process for us," Soriano said. But whether or not City will participate in the Champions League has to be understood in the early qualifying draw as participation or non-participation will change the whole picture.

"It is very likely that City is seeking" interim measures "from the CAS. This is their only way to seek such a suspension of disciplinary action at this time, as the court currently has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals under the UEFA statute," Reuters commented. John Merzad of the Banister Law Firm.

Source: News from Novosti.bg