Premier League clubs will have to wait a little longer to find out the result of Manchester City’s appeal against their Champions League ban after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced there would be no in-person hearings held before May 1.
City were banned from UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons and fined €30million (£24.9million) after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of financial regulations.
The reigning Premier League champions were said to have overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016 in findings by European football’s governing body.
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But City confirmed on February 26 that they had made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the finding by UEFA’s CFCB adjudicatory chamber.
Should City’s ban be upheld, and they finish inside the Premier League’s top four, then the side sitting in fifth place would qualify for the Champions League.
The teams who finish sixth and seventh would be handed a place in next season’s Europa League.
If a side who has already qualified for Europe through their league position wins the FA Cup at the end of the season (with Sheffield United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester the possible candidates), then the team who finishes eighth in the table would also be handed a place in the Europa League.
The decision is likely to impact Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in their race for European football next season, but with the coronavirus outbreak bringing Europe to a standstill, the reigning Premier League champions will have to wait a little longer to discover their fate.
“CAS will not host any in-person hearing before 1 May 2020, at the earliest,” a statement released on Monday night read.
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