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CAS confirms Man City champions league ban appeal

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In a situation Manchester City are not delighted to be in, they have at least so far been given what they wanted at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Premier League side’s landmark court battle with UEFA has been confirmed for the second week of June, a three-day hearing squeezed into the schedule starting on June 8.

It remains to be seen whether they will be successful in their attempt to have a two-year ban thrown out – such a decision would not say a lot for the original decision of football’s governing body – but the club have maintained confidence throughout the process that an independent review will clear their name.

At the very least, the June date will be welcomed at the Etihad.

From the moment the Football Leaks stories broke and an investigation was launched, manager Pep Guardiola stated his hope for a decision to be reached as soon as possible. Innocent until proven guilty doesn’t often work in the public spotlight, nor the football world of fake news where legitimate decisions are regularly questioned by managers or pundits if it goes against what they think is the truth.

With a new date now confirmed as mere weeks away, that application looks even sillier. Early June may not be as early as City had hoped for originally but the coronavirus complications have actually sped up the process;

the date will come just six matches after the initial verdict came down and a decision could be made before English football resumes. The chance of an outcome not being reached before the end of this season’s Champions League certainly looks remote.

If pushing for as early a date as possible plays in City’s favour for any unbiased onlookers, whatever the decision it should help them have more clarity in their plans for the upcoming transfer window and next season.

It hasn’t been a pleasant experience for City and may yet get worse, but an end is at last in sight.

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  1. Akande Abdullahi

    May 23, 2020 at 7:22 am

    CAS shld plz favor man city

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