- Manchester City cleared to feature in European competitions next term
- The Citizens were initially found guilty of breaching the Financial Fair Play rules
- The two years suspension placed on them by UEFA has now been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sports
- But they will still have to pay a fine of about $10 million as against the $30m earlier slapped on them
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Manchester City have been given the green light to participate in next season's Champions League after the Court of Arbitration for Sports upturned their ban.
The former Premier League champions were initially banned for the next two seasons after being accused of breaching the 'Financial Fair Play' rules.
Although, they still have to pay a sum of $11 million (€10m) as fine as against the $33 million sanctioned on them.
Earlier this year when UEFA found City guilty, the continental football body said it found the club guilty of "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016."
Manchester City finally gets their 2-year European ban lifted by CAS - credit: Getty Images
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Meanwhile, CAS revealed in s statement: "Manchester City did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions but did fail to cooperate with the UEFA authorities.
This decision has now sparked up all kinds of reactions from all and sundry with many expressing disappointment towards the football body.
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While many believed Manchester City got away cheaply for an offence they should have been punished for, others believe the decision was good for the game.
"Manchester City will be playing in the UCL next season is an actual joke, FFP is a myth and the whole system is corrupted. Everything in our hands now, it's calm, we move."
"FFP is just another tool for big clubs to maintain the status-quo and prevent newer clubs from sabotaging the hierarchy."
"UEFA lets City get away unscathed, blatantly allows deals like the Arthur-Pjanic swap, but bans rebuilding clubs like Milan and Marseille. Go fu'ck yourself.
Manchester City’s 2-year European ban being overturned shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone. Money talks.
One of the tipping points for Manchester City was that the 5-year statutory period had elapsed. The leaked emails and documents published by Der Spiegel were in November 2018 but the details in the emails were from 2013.
Chelsea definitely must've been very sad to hear this disturbing news coming from the appeal court. Well, Europa awaits them, congratulations to Manchester City. And thanks to UEFA
Legit.ng earlier reported that Man City's two-year Champions League ban have been overturned and the Citizens are eligible to compete in next season's competition.
Pep Guardiola's side was previously handed a two-season ban to compete in Europe after they were found guilty of transfer irregularities.
The Etihad outfit immediately appealed the ban and it has now been lifted as the outgoing Premier League champions will compete in next season's competition.
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