Man United Appeals To Court of Arbitration for Sport Against UEFA Charges

Man United Appeals To Court of Arbitration for Sport Against UEFA Charges

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Manchester City football club has appealed to CAS ( Court of Arbitration for Sport ) against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) issue charged against them. The appeal is directed against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was deemed to have contravened UEFA's Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from the next two seasons of UEFA club competitions for which the club would qualify and ordered to pay a fine of 30 million euros.

Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened. Once the Panel has been formally constituted it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing.

Following the hearing, the Panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award. It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued."

The club immediately made clear their intentions to challenge that ruling, saying in a statement at the time that they were "disappointed but not surprised" by the verdict, describing the process as "prejudicial".

In their first extended response to the ban, City's chief executive Ferran Soriano described the allegations as "false", adding that the club "will do everything that can be done to prove so."

City have a decent chance of overturning this ban. Up until now this case has been investigated and judged by independent lawyers, judges and politicians who make up UEFA's financial control body.When this case goes to CAS, this will be the first time that UEFA itself will have to defend this decision.

In the past at CAS, we have seen that UEFA has not really had the stomach for the fight of taking on big European clubs. PSG, Galatasaray and AC Milan have all been successful at CAS and in the past we have seen those clubs turn up with some of the best sports lawyers in the world.

Up against them UEFA have previously not sent any legal representatives, just written submissions.If I was a Manchester City fan, I wouldn't be confident but I would be hopeful that this ban may be reduced or even overturned. UEFA want this sorted out before the summer because they want to know who will be in the Champions League next season.
                                     
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