2018/19 premier league champions Manchester City was banned from competing in European football for two years in February this year after UEFA found out that they have committed serious breaches to it’s Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Though many of their breaches were five years old while City felt adamant that they had done nothing wrong. They made an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
On Monday July 13, CAS announced that, the former champions of England “did not disguise equity funding but failed to co-oporate with UEFA”.
As a result, the two years ban is lifted and a fine of 27 million British pounds which was slapped on them was reduced to 9 million British pounds as CAS claims that failing to co-operate does not amount to a ban.
This comes as bad news to Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Arsenal, Leicester City, Wolves, Sheffield United, and Tottenham who are competing anxiously for the final two slots of the 2020/21 champions league season in England.
The ban could have potentially benefited these teams as Manchester City who are currently 2nd on the league log were going to create a space for one of these teams.
It is great joy on the blue side of Manchester City as they celebrate double as Manchester United drew with Southampton at Old Trafford on Monday July 13.
Ernest Osei Kodom|www.zamireports.com|Ghana.