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Man City successfully appeal against two year-ban from Europe

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MON, JULY 13 2020-theG&BJournal– Manchester City are set to hand Pep Guardiola, City Manager a bumper new contract to commit him to a long-term future to the club after successful appeal against their Champions League ban for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, The Daily Mail reported today.

Pep is in the final year of his 20 million pounds-a-year contract.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in favour of City this morning after months of deliberations.

Manchester City said on their website today that it ‘’ welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present.’’

The full CAS media statement read: The Court of  Arbitration  for  Sport  (CAS) has  issued  its  decision  in  the arbitration  procedure  between  Manchester  City  Football  Club  and  the Union  of  European  Football Associations (UEFA).

The case concerns  an appeal filed  by  Manchester  City  FC (MCFC) against  the decision  of  the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which it was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons and ordered to pay a fine of EUR 30 million.

The  Panel  of  arbitrators in  charge  of  the  matter,  composed  of Mr  Rui  Botica  Santos  (Portugal), President, Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany) and Mr Andrew McDougall QC (France), conducted a hearing with the parties, their legal representatives, witnesses and experts on 8, 9 and 10 June 2020.

Following  the  hearing,  the CAS Panel  deliberated  and  concluded  that the  decision  issued  on 14February 2020 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB should beset aside and replaced by the following:

a.) MCFC has contravened Article 56 of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

b.) MCFC shall pay a fine of EUR 10,000,000 to the UEFA, within 30 days as from the date of issuance of the arbitral award.

The CAS award emphasized that most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB were either not established or time-barred. As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.

However,  considering i)  the  financial  resources  of  MCFC;  ii)  the  importance  of  the  cooperation  of clubs  in  investigations  conducted  by  the  CFCB,  because  of  its  limited  investigative  means;  and  iii) MCFC’s disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations, the CAS Panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC and considered it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine by 2/3, i.e. to the amount of EUR 10 million.

The final award with reasons will be published on the CAS website in a few days.

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