CAS announce verdict on City’s UEFA ban
Manchester City have won their appeal against a European ban and will be free to play in next season’s Champions League.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) agreed with the Blues that Uefa’s decision to throw them out of their competitions for “serious breaches” of their financial fair play rules and their club licensing rules, as well as alleged non-cooperation, was wrong.
The details of the CAS ruling have yet to be released, but City are believed to have appealed on the basis that Uefa’s decision was based on incomplete and hacked emails, had contravened their own rules, and that leaks to sections of the media from within the European governing body had meant they did not get a fair hearing.
What CAS said in their statement
This is from the CAS ruling this morning:
a.) MCFC has contravened Article 56 of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
b.) MCFC shall pay a fine of EUR 10,000,000 to the UEFA, within 30 days as from the date ofissuance of the arbitral award.
City issue statement
The club say:
Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.