They will ask that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) freeze the suspension during their appeal, experts in sports law say.
Manchester City could play the Champions League next season despite a two-year UEFA ban on European competition. UEFA ruled on Friday that the City had committed “serious violations” of the Fair Play Financial (FFP) regulations and did not cooperate with its investigation. Which led them to put to the City a ban on competing for the next two seasons in any European competition and a fine of 30 million euros.
Manchester has denied any irregularity, he said he intended to appeal the decision to the CAS in Switzerland and that, when they do, they could ask for “provisional measures,” which would effectively suspend the ban until there was a final ruling on the case. . “We are looking for an early resolution, obviously, through an exhaustive process and a fair process, so my best hope is that this is over before the beginning of the summer,” said Ferran Soriano, executive director of the club.
If Manchester City does not request such provisional measures, they run the risk that the ban will be put in place during the appeal process, after the draw of the Champions League next season has taken place. Manchester has 10 days since UEFA receives the full reasoning of the club’s decision to file an appeal. The Champions League draw for the group stage is scheduled for August 27.
A season outside of Champions would cost the City up to 100 million pounds in prizes and revenue per broadcast, as well as the income of each game day and many others. If the CAS maintains the suspension, the ban would take effect the next two seasons. The CAS would have to decide whether to accept any request for “freezing” of the fine to Manchester, a decision that could be taken at the end of March.