In the absence of “conclusive evidence” on the violation of the Financial Fair Play, it was UEFA that announced that the Citizens are free from the two-year sentence without playing European competitions.
He Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) reported, through an official statement, that the suspension that weighed on Manchester City It is canceled, so Pep Guardiola’s men will be able to play their commitments in continental tournaments for the next two seasons. In counterpart, the English club will have to pay a fine of 10 million euros.
The official statement released by UEFA reads as follows:
“UEFA takes note of the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the penalty imposed on Manchester City FC for alleged breaches of UEFA’s Fair Play and licensing regulations.
UEFA notes that the TAS found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB (Club Financial Control Authority) findings in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were expired due to the five-year period provided in the regulations. of UEFA.
In recent years, Financial Fair Play has played an important role in protecting clubs and helping them to be financially sustainable, and UEFA and ECA remain committed to their principles. UEFA will not comment further on this. “
For its part, the Premier League institution also communicated by means of a note the cancellation of the sanction:
“While Manchester City and its legal advisers have not yet reviewed the full decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), the Club appreciates the result of today’s decision as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that He was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the TAS members for their diligence in the process they have administered. “
The Citizens had been sanctioned with two years without participating in the contests of Europe, added to an economic fine of 30 million euros. For next season, those led by Guardiola already secured their place in the Champions League from their second place in the Premier. Likewise, he could also qualify through the UCL, since in the 2019/20 edition he remains in the race: he must face the return of the round of 16 in local condition after 2-1 over Real Madrid in Spain.
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