The verdict was expected for this morning. Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has decided to be very lenient with the Citizens who may well participate in the next Champions League.
Manchester City leaders and players were eagerly awaiting this day. On February 14, UEFA decided to punish the English club very harshly after accusing it of having broken the rules of financial fair play.
As a result, the Citizens were suspended from all European Cups for two seasons (2020/2021 and 2021/2022) and ordered to pay a fine of € 30 million.
A judgment against which the training led by Pep Guardiola was opposed. And like several European clubs before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had been seized in order to decide.
The CAS then announced last Friday that it would render its decision this Monday morning. And it fell: the suspension of Manchester City was lifted. Citizens are ultimately ordered to pay only a fine of € 10 million.
A decision to which City has already officially reacted on its website. “While Manchester City and its legal advisers have not yet reviewed the entire Sport Arbitral Tribunal (CAS) decision, the Club welcomes the implications of today’s decision as a validation of the position of the Club and all the evidence it has been able to present.
The Club would like to thank the members of the panel for their diligence and the due process they administered, A huge blow for UEFA and its financial fair play.