Manchester City chiefs have allegedly been told that Arsenal are the driving force behind eight Premier League teams writing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), demanding that the Champions League ban is upheld if City’s appeal can’t be heard before the end of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Gunners are preparing to tell City that their sources are wrong, and they weren’t the ring leaders.
City were handed a two-year ban from all European competitions by UEFA earlier this season, after being found guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
But the Citizens denied any wrongdoing, and have already appealed to CAS over the ruling.
A host of Premier League rivals have grown concerned that City’s ban will be suspended for a year, if the appeal can’t be heard before the start of next season, owing to the coronavirus lockdown.
City believe that the Gunners are responsible for instigating the eight-team plot, according to The Mirror.
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The Citizens were allegedly handed information from trusted sources that Arsenal were the ring leaders in the plot to uphold City’s ban.
However, if Arsenal are directly asked by City if they were in charge, the Gunners will tell them that their information is false.
It is claimed Burnley, Sheffield United, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are the other seven teams seeking to maintain City’s ban.
Pep Guardiola’s side were reportedly left surprised that Liverpool decided to join in, seeing as their place in next season’s Champions League has already been guaranteed.
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UEFA made the decision to ban City from all European competitions in February.
The club were found guilty of “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and FFP regulations. The Citizens were also fined £25million.
It came after a lengthy investigation into City’s spending, following a series of leaked emails last year.
City always maintained their innocence throughout the investigation, and have now officially launched their appeal to CAS.
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A CAS statement read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
“The appeal is directed against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial
Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from the next two seasons of UEFA club competitions for which the club would qualify and ordered to pay a fine of EUR 30 million.
“Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened. Once the Panel has been formally constituted it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing.
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“Following the hearing, the Panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.
“It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.”
UEFA claimed that City had overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts, and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.
It also suggested that City failed to co-operate throughout the investigation.
But City have categorically denied the claims, and are insistent that CAS will find them innocent.
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