Manchester City’s CAS appeal verdict due today
Monday is a massive day for Manchester City.
Last weekend, following a 5-0 win at Brighton, Man City confirmed their spot in the Premier League top-4.
However, at the time of writing, the Sky Blues will not be playing European football next term, as they’ve been banned by UEFA for 2 years.
Last month, Man City sent lawyers to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), as they attempt to overturn that ban.
As confirmed in the Times today, Man City are scheduled to find out the verdict of their appeal at 9.30 am UK time.
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Man City’s £200m shortfall if they lose CAS appeal
If Man City fail to win their appeal, and the 2-year UEFA ban holds, then the Sky Blues are set to lose out on £200m from not playing in the Champions League. The Times report:
More than £200 million is at stake from future Champions League earnings — a fifth of City’s annual revenue comes from the European tournament.
Of course, Man City still remain in this season’s Champions League.
The Sky Blues are 2-1 up against Real Madrid in their last-16 tie. The second-leg is scheduled for August.
Man City also face a possible Premier League points deduction or transfer ban
Not only could Man City face a major financial loss if they lose their CAS appeal, but such a judgment may have a knock-on effect in the Premier League.
While City are battling UEFA with regard to the Financial Fair Play rules, they are also the subject of a Premier League financial investigation. Times reporter Martyn Ziegler explains:
The Premier League is understood to be waiting for the court’s decision before pressing ahead with the conclusion of its own investigation into whether City provided misleading financial information between 2013 and 2016, and into reports in Denmark that the club had a secret agreement giving them first refusal on youth players from FC Nordsjaelland and the Right to Dream academy in Ghana, run by the Danish side’s chairman, Tom Vernon.
According to the Times, if the Premier League find Man City guilty, then any of the following sanctions could be implemented:
– Points deduction
– Transfer ban
– Man City could be stripped of previous titles.
It’s worth noting that the last option, stripping Man City of previous titles, seems extreme and unlikely to happen.
It’s also unclear how the Premier League will weigh up which punishment is appropriate.
However, it should be pointed out that the Times say any points deduction could be applied this season, which would obviously be less damaging than if it occurred next season, for example.
Who benefits if Man City lose their appeal?
If Man City’s ban is upheld, 5th place in the Premier League would secure Champions League qualification.
On Monday morning, Chelsea are 3rd on 60 points, Leicester are 4th on 59 points, Man United are 5th on 58 points, while Wolves are 6th on 55 points.
If Man City lose their CAS appeal, can they appeal that decision?
Should the decision go against Man City, and their UEFA ban be upheld, the Sky Blues only have one option remaining.
The club could launch legal proceedings at the Swiss Federal Court. However, the scope of any such action would be limited. The Times note:
(Man City would have to argue that) CAS made a legal error in coming to its decision rather than having the merits of the case retried.
Note: Pep Guardiola thinks Man City will win
Following the Brighton game, Man City manager Pep Guardiola voiced his belief that Man City will overturn their UEFA ban:
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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