Manchester City will find their Champions League destiny “in the first half of July” as per the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the Premier League club’s appeal over their boycott concluded.
City were given a two-year suspension from European club competitions and a €30 million fine by UEFA in February in the wake of being seen as blameworthy of penetrating monetary reasonable play guidelines.
After City held up intrigue with CAS, the conference in Lausanne, Switzerland was finished up on Wednesday with a choice expected in around a month.
“The hearing in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitration between Manchester City FC and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) concluded today,” a CAS statement issued on Wednesday read.
“The hearing, initiated on June 8, 2020, in the morning, was conducted by videoconference, with participants in Lausanne and London, and expert witnesses in various countries, by the schedule planned.
“At the end of the hearing, both parties expressed their satisfaction concerning the conduct of the procedure.
“The Panel of arbitrators in charge of the matter, composed of Mr. Rui Botica Santos (Portugal), president, Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany), and Mr. Andrew McDougall QC (France), will start its deliberations and prepare the Arbitral Award containing their decision.
“The decision is expected to be issued during the first half of July 2020. The exact date will be communicated in advance.
“The CAS arbitration concerns an appeal filed by Manchester City FC against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) dated Feb. 14, 2020, in which it was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons and ordered to pay a fine of €30m.”
If the authorization is maintained, City will be banned from entering the Champions League for the following two seasons.
Sources near the club have kept up their honesty since the judgment was given by UEFA in February, despite the administering body’s request that the City have been blameworthy of “genuine breaks” of FFP guidelines.