KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Manchester City should know their European fate before the start of the next Champions League season, whenever that may be.
The outgoing English title-holders’ appeal against a two-year ban will be staged between June 8-10 by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. A verdict is likely in late July. Either side could then appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.
Although CAS has conceded a principle of open hearings this will be held behind closed doors and it is not yet known whether it will all be held by video conference or whether there will be direct representation by lawyers for either side.
City, who are still alive in this season’s halted Champions League, were handed the ban in in February for “serious breaches” of club licensing and financial fair play regulations. City have denied the breaches.
The independent adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s club financial control body ruled that found City had broken the rules by “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted between 2012 and 2016.” It also complained that the club had “failed to cooperate in the investigation”.
UEFA launched an investigation after German newspaper Der Spiegel published leaked documents in November 2018 alleging City had deliberately inflated the value of a sponsorship deal.
Reports alleged City – who have always denied wrongdoing – deliberately misled Uefa so they could meet financial fair play rules requiring clubs to break even.