Manchester City chiefs are positive that their ban from all European competitions will be overturned after an appeal. The Citizens were barred from the Champions League for two seasons over Financial Fair Play (FFP) failings.
City fans will be without European football until the 2022-2023 season after UEFA’s ban.
Europe’s football governing body accused City of failing to stick to FFP regulations.
The club were being investigated for a number of months, after a series of media leaks highlighted City’s spending.
But, the Citizens are sure that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will overrule UEFA’s decision.
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A senior boardroom source told the Mirror: “This isn’t Armageddon.
“We pretty much knew what the outcome of UEFA’s investigation would be from the moment it was referred to their Adjudicatory Chamber last May.
“So our stance is that this is just another milestone in our quest to clear the name of the club.
“We remain utterly convinced that when we put our evidence before CAS we will see this decision overturned.
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“We welcome the prospect of hearing UEFA’s reasons for making their decision and our response heard by an independent body.”
“We have no preference as to when the matter is heard.
“The only thing we have asked for during this entire episode is that Manchester City are given a fair hearing.”
City have two weeks to launch their appeal to CAS, but they’re expected to respond before that.
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It remains a possibility that CAS won’t be able to reach a verdict before the start of next season.
In that situation, if the ban were to be upheld, it would be suspended for one year and come into force in the 2021-2022 season.
But, despite the club’s insistence of their innocence, the City source added that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if their appeal wasn’t successful.
“The aim of Sheikh Mansour in 2009 was to make Manchester City the best club in the Premier League,” the source claimed.
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“Does he want to win the Champions League? Of course, because that’s an achievement that puts you into a Hall of Fame only occupied by an elite group of clubs.
“But the suggestion that we would have swapped last season’s Treble to win the Champions League simply isn’t true.
“Losing revenue from the Champions League would be a huge blow, no doubt, but Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all failed to qualify for the tournament without it being ruinous.
“The bottom line is that City are currently in a much stronger position financially than most of those clubs.”
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