BREAKING NEWS: NINE Premier League clubs including the rest of the Big Six, Burnley and Newcastle wrote to CAS to try to stop Manchester City escaping their Champions League ban – as new document details City’s ‘blatant disregard of FFP principles’
- Manchester City had their two-year European ban lifted earlier this month
- On Tuesday, a 92-page document outlined CAS’ decision to overturn decision
- It was revealed nine Premier League clubs wrote to CAS to try and stop City escaping ban
The Court of Arbitration for Sport have revealed their reasons for overturning Manchester City’s Champions League ban and reducing their fine.
UEFA initially suspended Pep Guardiola’s side from European competition for two years after they were found guilty of breaching financial fair play rules, and fined £27m.
But earlier this month, CAS announced that City’s ban had been overturned and they were fined just £9m.
Manchester City had their two-year European suspension overturned earlier this month
Pep Guardiola and his City side breathed a huge sigh of relief after the decision went their way
In the reasons behind CAS’s decision in a massive 92-page document, it was revealed on Tuesday:
- That nine Premier League clubs tried to persuade CAS to prevent Manchester City from overturning their Champions League ban.
- Manchester City showed ‘a blatant disregard’ of Financial Fair Play principles but were not proven to have broken the rules
- City’s failure to co-operate’ with FFP investigation is ‘a severe breach’ that was behind CAS’ decision to hand the club a €10million fine (£9m)
- CAS dismissed the main charges brought against Manchester City ‘must be dismissed’ as they were not established to the comfortable satisfaction of the panel
- Some charges were also dismissed because they were time barred
- Manchester City failed to provide ‘complete and accurate’ copies of the leaked emails published in the media
- CAS described this as ‘particularly serious’ because the ‘production thereof would have preempted any arguments of MCFC as to the authenticity’
More to follow…