Man City has just come back with an impressive comeback to win 2-1 in the lead of the Real Madrid home team in Spain in the first leg of the round of 1/8 UEFA Champions League on the morning of February 27. This result helped the defending champions in the quarterfinals when in the second leg on 18/3, they were playing at the Etihad home field and just need to draw or lose 0-1 that match, teachers and students Pep Guardiola kept going.
Before being a guest of the Green Man in the Santiago Bernabeu just a few hours ago, the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) has officially announced that they have just received an appeal from Man City regarding the penalty. Banned from playing in the European Cup for 2 consecutive seasons 2020/21 and 2021/22 of this club with a fine of 30 million euros. Man City was accused by UEFA of violating the Financial Fair Law and did not cooperate with the investigation.
According to the UEFA decision, Man City was not transparent in financial matters and was banned from playing the next two seasons in the European Cup, and was fined 30 million euros.
During his time in power, 60-70 million pounds were transferred to Man City by Abu Dhabi United Group under the cover of sponsorship contracts (shirts, stadium names, training facilities …) with the airline. The UAE’s national country is Etihad. However, the actual number Etitad paid for only a mere 8 million pounds.
Man City has the right to appeal and they immediately submit a request to the CAS to wish to have a way out of the current situation:
“The International Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) has received an appeal from the Man City football club against the European Football Confederation (UEFA)”, the statement was issued by the CAS.
CAS after receiving the City’s appeal will study, as well as to conduct a review of this ban from UEFA. If there is a mistake in issuing a sentence, CAS will open a hearing to reconsider the case.
The Mirror reported that Man City hired lawyer David Pannick in the upcoming legal battle with UEFA. Mr. Pannick is considered one of the best lawyers in England today.
Pannick was hired by the British government in the Brexit case. Two Pannick lawyers have been involved in the negotiation process with the European Union to ensure the best interests for Britain when leaving. The 63-year-old lawyer won two lawsuits with British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Theresa May.
Man City’s hiring of Pannick lawyer shows their efforts in appealing the UEFA penalty. The Etihad team must pay 20,000 pounds a day for Mr. Pannick. According to the assessment, Man City’s legal battle with UEFA can last for years and the home team is still very much hoping to reverse the verdict.
According to Sky Sports’ leading reporter, Kaveh Solhekol, City’s recently could create an important turning point in the fight between this club and UEFA. In the past, PSG, Galatasaray and AC Milan have been successful by the same method with the support of the world’s leading lawyers.
“When that is the case with CAS, this may be the primary time that UEFA itself has to protect its (penalty) decision. In the past at CAS, we have found that UEFA has not really taken advantage of the fight with big clubs in Europe.
PSG, Galatasaray and AC Milan have all successfully appealed at CAS and in the past, we have seen those clubs appear with some of the best sports lawyers in the world. When confronting them before, UEFA did not send any legal representatives to the control, they only sent documents to the hearing.
If I were a Manchester City fan, I would not be confident but I would still hope that this ban could be reduced or even reversed. UEFA wants this to be settled before the summer because they want to know who will be in the UEFA Champions League next season. “- Kaveh Solhekol shared optimism on Sky Sports.
If City fails to appeal to the UEFA disciplinary CAS, Man City may still sue to the Swiss Federal Court, which has jurisdiction over international disputes. In the current situation, the army of coach Pep Guardiola still has to make efforts to fight Real Madrid in the second leg of the round of 1/8 to get tickets to the quarterfinals before dreaming of helping “the blue half of Manchester” continue to sleep. Dreaming of the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
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