Manchester City Champions League ban canceled

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However, the rules had not stopped City from winning everything except the Champions League title, the crown that its owners covet the most. He has another chance to win it in August when the Champions League returns for a knockout mini-tournament in Lisbon with eight quarter-finals.

But without the impending ban, City can approach the event with a sense of ease that could have been lacking if faced with a ban – and the likely departures of players seeking to compete for European trophies over the next two seasons .

City and UEFA lawyers presented their arguments to the panel at a video hearing in early June. The city said it would spare no resources to defend itself. He argued that the UEFA process was unilateral and that an impartial body like the CAS would reverse the decision, which came after damaging leaks in 2018, suggesting that the team had engaged in illegal accounting tactics to circumvent UEFA’s cost control rules.

Citing internal documents and emails, these reports suggested the city had disguised millions of dollars in direct investment by its owner, Sheikh Mansour, as sponsorship income. A document published by the German weekly Der Spiegel seems to show that the team’s main sponsor, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, only paid a fraction of a $ 85 million sponsorship deal.

City had denounced the publications as “allegedly pirated or stolen out of context documents,” saying the leaks were part of “an organized and clear attempt to damage the club’s reputation.”

However, his rivals demanded harsh sanctions, leaving UEFA and its president, Aleksander Ceferin, trapped by powerful and wealthy forces on both sides. Ceferin said he had no role to play in the UEFA investigation, which was independently managed by a group responsible for monitoring clubs’ compliance with tax rules. The group, known as the Club Financial Control Body, sentenced City, adding a fine of 30 million euros in addition to the ban.

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