Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League ban appeal scheduled to be heard in June

Manchester City’s two-year UEFA Champions League ban appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on June 8-10. The Switzerland-based court published a list of upcoming hearings on its website Tuesday.

The English club filed an appeal of its Champions League ban to the court back in February, shortly after the suspension was handed down. City was banned for two seasons from UEFA competition (Champions League and Europa League) and fined €30 million for breaking Financial Fair Play rules on Feb. 14. 

The punishment came following an investigation into the club, and the ban is set to begin next season with the club having been found to have misled the European governing body over its Etihad sponsorship. City has denied any wrongdoing while expressing optimism that the decision will be overturned. 

The decision on the appeal is massive for a club whose main goal is winning the Champions League. If the club has the ban upheld or even reduced to just one season, we could see a mass exodus of players. The team’s superstar midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has hinted at leaving if the ban is upheld. Manager Pep Guardiola has said he wants to stay with the club no matter what the result is of the appeal.

City is in this season’s Champions League, which is expected to conclude in August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The club is on the verge of qualifying for the quarterfinals after beating Real Madrid in the first leg of its round of 16 tie in late February. The club was allowed to return to training on Tuesday with the rest of the Premier League, as the domestic league aims to return to play at some point next month.

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