Manchester City is due to find out whether its two-year European suspension will be upheld on 13 July, after they challenged last month ‘s ruling.
UEFA announced in February that City was suspended from all UEFA competitions for the next two seasons due to violations of Financial Fair Play (FFP) while the Sky Blues were also fined € 30 million (£ 25 million) for misleading UEFA.
The City’s appeal against the ruling was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in early June, although a final decision was scheduled to be made in the first half of July. The Daily Mail is now claiming that on 13 July, City will know its fate.
A decision was planned and confirmed on July 10, but UEFA decided against this date as they wanted to avoid a quarter-final, semi-final, and final draw for the Champions League.
There would of course be huge consequences for Man City on the final decision. Most importantly, the question of persuading players to remain put given the lack of European football for two seasons has been posed, should the ban be enforced, whilst the people would also miss out on the income that comes with the competitions.
Besides, as noted earlier, should the ban remain in effect, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League in 2019/20 will win football in the Champions League for the 2020/21 season.
All possibilities cannot be ruled out at this point, but if the ban is lifted, ‘significant questions’ about UEFA’s FFP system will be addressed.
Manchester City has remained adamant that the decision would be reversed, with the club claiming to have ‘irrefutable facts’ leaving CAS with no choice but to reverse the decision.