Manchester City appeals possible Champions League ban

Premier League champion Manchester City is in danger of being kicked out of future editions of the Champions League after UEFA looked into reported Financial Fair Play breaches.

Manchester City was alleged to have broken rules relating to FFP, third-party ownership and youth player recruitment in articles.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City has launched a legal bid to stop UEFA banning it from the 2020-2021 Champions League, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

Abu Dhabi-owned City, which retained the Premier League title this season, is in danger of being kicked out of future editions of the Champions League after UEFA looked into reported Financial Fair Play breaches.

The investigation was triggered by European football's governing body in March after claims City had hidden revenue from overvalued commercial deals in order to meet the UEFA spending guidelines.

According to the Lausanne based CAS the Premier League champion has now filed an appeal with the court ahead of an imminent sentencing decision from UEFA's Club Financial Control Body's (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber.

It is believed the committee is unlikely to rule against the conclusions of chief investigator Yves Leterme, who signed over his probe into alleged payments deception two weeks ago and is thought to have recommended City should be banned from the Champions League.

The decision would leave Pep Guardiola's side out of Europe's elite club competition, potentially for the 2020-21 campaign.

But City is believed to be challenging UEFA's right to send the case to its adjudicatory chamber and its competence to judge on the club at all.

City did not respond to a request for comment, but the club have previously said the referral to the judicial branch “ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City”.

City, which added the FA Cup and League Cup this season for an unprecedented domestic treble, also said the allegations of wrongdoing were “entirely false” and there is “comprehensive proof” otherwise.