Betway

The fate of Manchester City will continue to hang in the balance until 9:30am today when the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] will make a final pronouncement on whether their two-season ban from UEFA competitions will stand or not.

Man City were sanctioned by UEFA’s club financial control body [CFCB] for breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations, but the Premier League side denied any wrongdoing and their appeal against the punishment was heard over three days by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] last month.

CAS issued a statement on Friday evening which read:

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] will announce the decision taken in the arbitration procedure between Manchester City Football Club and the Union of European Football Associations [UEFA] on Monday, 13 July 2020.”

The statement added that the decision would be published on the CAS website at 10.30am Swiss time [9.30am UK].

“If City’s ban is confirmed, the team who finish fifth in the Premier League – currently Manchester United – will take their place in the Champions League next season.

“Whatever happens City will still be able to carry on playing in this season’s competition when it restarts next month. The competition was suspended in March with City well-placed to reach the quarter finals after winning 2-1 at Real Madrid in a first leg Round of 16 tie.

“This is the first time UEFA has banned a club from the Champions League for two seasons and CAS has the power to overturn the ban or to reduce it to one season.

Meanwhile, manager of the team [Pep Guardiola] at his Friday press conference that he’s confident the ban would be overturned whiles pledging to remain with the club regardless of the outcome of the case.

www.sports24ghana.com