CAS condemns Man City for conduct while overturning Euro ban

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

Uefa's claim that Manchester City "disguised equity funding" from their owners was "unsubstantiated" but the club showed "blatant disregard" to the Financial Fair Play investigation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

Notably, Sheffield United, who were fifth at the time and would have taken Manchester City's place in the Champions League had they finished there, did not have any correspondence with CAS.

In their written findings, CAS says that UEFA's evidence of various emails didn't provide enough proof that City had breached FFP regulations or had warranted the initial sanction.

European soccer's governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.

City was cleared over its sponsorship contributions from the airline Etihad, with Cas saying it was "not comfortably satisfied" the club used the sponsorship to hide the true source of funding.

UEFA had earlier restricted City from participating in any European competition in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 season on the grounds that the club had broken their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by overstating sponsorship revenue in their accounts.

City's fortunes on the field have been transformed since a takeover from Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, in 2008.

"The appealed decision is therefore not per se wrong but, at least to a certain extent, is a effect of MCFC's decision to produce the most relevant evidence at its disposal only in the present appeal proceedings before CAS", it said.

'The questions and matters raised by Der Spiegel appear to be a cynical attempt to publicly re-litigate and undermine a case that has been fully adjudicated, after detailed proceedings and due process, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ' the club said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The judgement also found that UEFA's case was hamstrung by the necessity to finalise the appeal before the start of the 2020/2021 Champions League as it relinquished a request for more evidence to be provided from City's emails.

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