Manchester City was banned by UEFA last year from all European competitions.
The Citizens were found guilty of breaching FFP by fudging their accounts numbers and hence banned from Champions League for two season. City’s rich owners took the news rather unpleasantly and went ahead with a complete denial of any illegal activity. They appealed to the highest legal body of sporting issues – Court of Arbitration of Sports.
CAS has now scheduled a hearing for their case next month to determine if City’s ban was incorrect and should be overturned.
“The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position,” read a statement at the time from City, who UEFA said had “failed to cooperate” with the investigation.
City boss Pep Guardiola also pledged his support for the club.
“Unless they sack me, which can happen, I will not leave,” he said. “Why should I? I love this club, I like to be here, and after we have seen the sentence [appeal] we will focus on what we have to do.
“I want to stay to continue to help the club and maintain this level as long as possible. That’s not just because I have a contract, we want to fight to the end for the people who support this club.”
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