Man City European ban: Court of Arbitration for Sport confirm registration of Premier League club’s appeal a

Manchester City’s quest to have their European ban and £24.9million fine overturned has officially begun with the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirming their appeal has been registered.

The Premier League club have vowed to fight the sanctions which were imposed by UEFA on February 14 for a ‘serious breach’ of financial fair play regulations.

Although CAS did not indicate a time frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been sanctioned by UEFA over FFP breaches

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Pep Guardiola’s side have been sanctioned by UEFA over FFP breaches

In a statement CAS said: “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 30 million euros.

“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.

“Following the hearing, the panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an arbitral award.

It’s not clear when the verdict will be reached

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It’s not clear when the verdict will be reached

“It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.”

City are allowed to continue competing in this season’s Champions League despite UEFA’s sanctions, and they resume their European campaign this evening with a round-of-16 tie vs Real Madrid.

The clash comes a few days after England superstar Raheem Sterling refused to rule out a move to the Bernabeu in the future in an interview with Spanish media.

You can listen to full commentary of Real Madrid vs Manchester City LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 8pm.