In a decision that makes both FFP and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) a total joke, Manchester City’s two-year UEFA ban was overturned on Monday.
City will be able to play in the Champions League next season.
Man City’s two-year UEFA ban over-turned
Earlier this year, UEFA ruled that Man City flagrantly broke financial fair play violations and intentionally misled / obstructed investigators to cover it up. UEFA banned City from its competition for two years and leveled a EUR 30 million fine.
Today’s CAS ruling eliminates the ban and reduces the fine to EUR 10 million.
CAS issued the following gutless statement:
“The CAS award emphasized that most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB were either not established or time-barred.
“As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.
“However, considering i) the financial resources of MCFC; ii) the importance of the cooperation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB, because of its limited investigative means; and iii) MCFC’s disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations, the CAS Panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC and considered it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine by 2/3, i.e. to the amount of EUR 10 million.”
So if City didn’t break FFP regulations at all, why would they obstruct an investigation? And receive any fine?
Implications for Premier League top 4
Well, City’s overturned banned is not good news for Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, and Wolves. Had City’s ban remained, the 5th spot in the Premier League table would’ve qualified for the Champions League.