The Court of Arbitration for Sport has given reason to Manchester City and Guardiola’s team will be able to play the Champions League next season. TAS has lifted the two-year sanction without playing European competitions imposed by UEFA for «Repeated breaches of Fair Play Financiero».

He Manchester City Yes, they will have to pay a fine, but this has also been reduced from 30 million to 10. The TAS considers that the English club did not comply with the regulations, specifically bypassing article 56 of the club license and the financial ‘Fair Play’. , and therefore must pay said fine to UEFA.

By cons, they see no reason to expel them from any European competition for the next two seasons, 2020-21 and 2021-22, so they do not leave the team trained by Pep Guardiola outside the following two ‘Champions’ or Europa League .

No reason to expel them from the Champions

The Court emphasized that the majority of the alleged infractions reported by the Judicial Chamber of the Organism of Financial Control of UEFA Clubs (CFCB) « were not established » or that « Time expired » To report.

“As the charges regarding any dishonest action for concealment of capital funds were violations (of the regulations) rather than an obstruction to CFCB investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participation in club competitions of the UEFA for the ruling of the Manchester City not to cooperate with the CFCB investigations, ”says the TAS.

« However, considering Manchester City’s financial resources, and the importance of club cooperation in CFCB investigations, due to its limited means of investigation, and MCFC’s failure to comply with that principle and its obstruction of investigations , the TAS Panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC, and consider it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine (€ 30 million) to an amount of € 10 million, ”the court concluded.

On February 14, the UEFA Club Financial Control Agency (CFCB) decreed a ban on participation in continental competitions and fined the current ‘Premier League’ champions with € 30 million for « Serious offenses » of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The CFCB found the club guilty of overstating its sponsorship income and balance accounts between 2012 and 2016 after investigating documents and emails leaked by the German publication Der Spiegel in November 2018, without collaboration on the ‘citizen’ club.

UEFA takes note

UEFA announced in a statement that it « takes note » of the decision made by the TAS and defended the role played in recent years by the financial Fair Play. « UEFA takes note of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the penalty imposed on Manchester City FC by the independent UEFA Club Financial Control Committee for alleged breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, « he said.

The highest body at European level ended the statement by stating what: «UEFA notes that the TAS expert group considered that there was insufficiently conclusive evidence to confirm all the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged offenses had expired due to the five-year period provided in the UEFA regulations. In recent years, financial fair play has played an important role in protecting clubs and their financial sustainability, and UEFA and ECA remain committed to their principles. «