Man City Champions League ban: CAS reveal when appeal verdict will finally be given

Manchester City could have to wait for two months before they find out if their Champions League ban has been overturned. The defending Premier League champions were handed a two-season ban from European competition in February.

City received the suspension, and a £25million fine, in February after they were adjudged to have broken Financial Fair Play rules.

The Etihad club immediately appealed the suspension, lobbying to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

City’s appeal is being heard by CAS this week, despite restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.

City are hoping to have a swift resolution to the hearing in order to give them time to prepare for the 2020/21 season.

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Manchester City receiveda two-year suspension from European competition in February

But according to the Daily Mirror, their wish won’t be granted.

They claim City could have to wait for two months to find out if they’ll be in next season’s Champions League.

Both UEFA and City are hoping for CAS to render their decision before the draw for next season’s tournament.

Should CAS uphold City’s ban, the fifth-placed Premier League side will qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.

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The upholding of City’s suspension has led to suggestions Guardiola could leave the club at the end of the season.

Guardiola, however, insists he’ll be at the Etihad at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

He said: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.

“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.

“If they don’t sack me I will stay here 100% more than ever. First, because I want to stay.

“It’s something special, more than the contract I have. I said before, I say now I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible.’

He added: “Why should I leave? When I said I love this club I like to be here, why should I leave?

“No matter what happens I will be here next season.”

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