Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Man City appeal against Champions League ban may be delayed

Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year ban from the Champions League could be delayed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) now announcing it will not host any in-person hearings until May at the earliest.

The Premier League champions have appealed to CAS against the punishment, which included a €30 million fine (£25m/$33m), handed out by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

City had hoped to have their hearing heard by early summer, with their ban set to start at the beginning of next season.

However, there is uncertainty surrounding the European football calendar with domestic leagues and the Champions League and Europa League currently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A potential outline of how the fixture schedule could be reshaped may become clearer after UEFA hosts a meeting – via video conference – of members from all 55 associations across Europe on Tuesday.

CAS had already postponed three hearings and has 16 cases already scheduled until May 18, with the City case not yet listed.

And it said in a statement on Tuesday: "CAS will not host any in-person hearing before 1 May 2020, at the earliest.

""Depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak, the prohibition of in-person hearings may be extended."

City could ask UEFA for a delay to their Champions League ban if the impact of the coronavirus crisis affects their appeal against their suspension.


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