Premier League club Manchester City‘s two-year European ban has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday clearing the deck for their participation in next season’s Champions League. Also Read - Juventus vs Lyon: Cristiano Ronaldo's Brace Not Good Enough as Les Gones Oust Bianconeri From Champions League
The ban was imposed by the European football governing authority UEFA in February after it claimed City were in “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play and club licensing regulations. Also Read - Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus Power City to Champions League Quarter-Final
City, on their part, had denied any wrongdoing, appealing against the ban at CAS last month. Also Read - UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Live Streaming Details: Full Schedule For Group Stage, Time in India (IST) And Where to Watch
In a statement posted on their website, City welcomed the decision.
“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,” the statement read.
Following a three-day hearing in June, CAS on Monday lifted the ban which now confirms their participation in Champions League next season after having secured a second-place finish in the Premier League.
“Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports. “That is the challenge that is the minimum requirement for this club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.”
“We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to,” he added.
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