Manchester City have been said to remain in the champions league next season after the court of arbitration for sports overturned the decision of a two-year ban from European competition.
The suspension was given to the city by UEFA’s financial body in February due to breaches of licensing and financial fair play laws. City had an appeal initially to the court of arbitration for sports. This was due to the ban that was issued to the club.
Pep Guardiola and the club can have a good breathe of relief after the news was positive to them. Meanwhile, Chelsea and Leicester who are still fighting for the top four must finish in the first four if they want a place in the champions league competition next season.
The fight against UEFA has been won and the ban has been overturned. Manchester City denied the wrong deed and appealed to the decision after describing the UEFA disciplinary process as been prejudicial.
CAS has now overturned the suspension after hearing evidence over the course of three days in June. Mancity thrashed Brighton 5-0 on Saturday and have secured their seat on the champions league next season.
Manchester City Gaffer confident about Ban overturn
After the match, Pep Guardiola said he was confident about the ban. He was very sure the ban will be overturned and he insisted his team deserved a place in the European competition.
Guardiola said in a conversation with Sky Sports, Today we have achieved an incredible challenge which is the qualification for the champions league. That is a minimum challenge for the club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.
The suspension for City would have been regarded as a fifth-place finish which is not sufficient for a qualification. But the team seats on the second behind the premier league champions, Liverpool.
The ban would have seen clubs like Wolves, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield, Leceister, and Arsenal as beneficiaries of the ban if it wasn’t overturned.
We deserve to be in the champions league because we won it on the pitch. And these players need it.
UEFA club financial control body had found that Mancity had breached the FFP rules between 2012-16. The investigations came with claims from the German magazine Der Spiegel. Through leaked documents that City owner was topping up the value of sponsorship agreements. The English club denied the claims by the magazine. They described it as flawed because the document was leaked.