City’s is hopeful that their case could be heard in May or June by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
That's according to The Athletic's Sam Lee.
UEFA’s adjudicatory board banned City from all European competition for the next two season in February following an investigation and finding the club guilty of what they deemed to be “serious breaches” of its Financial Fair Play regulations.
City was also fined £25 million but they have maintained their innocence throughout. Their official appeal was registered to the CAS on February 26th, just before Pep Guardiola's team's win against Real Madrid.
The coronavirus pandemic has since swept through the world, everyday life and major football included. Both professional and amateur bodies across the world have been scrambling to devise plans to return football back to normal, assuming that quarantine and social distancing measures are relaxed by the summer.
City CEO Ferran Soriano updated employees this week during a conference call on the latest plans drawn up by relevant governing bodies to resume matches in the Premier League and Champions League. Currently, there are tentative hopes that the Premier League could possibly be resumed in June, behind closed doors, with two or three matches each week.
In terms of the Champions League, which was abandoned during the round of 16 stage, it's hoped that the remaining last-16 ties can be played in July with the final provisionally booked for August 8th. This would allow domestic leagues to resume on time that month.
These tentative plans, understandably, are subject to change. Wednesday saw the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which was scheduled for the end of June and early July 2020, also cancelled. Despite that, Soriano sees no reason why City's CAS appeal can't be conducted remotely.
In an update published on Tuesday, the appeals body reiterated its earlier stance that no in-person hearings would be conducted before May, and again urged the relevant parties to instead use conference calls, or cancel their hearings and have the outcome decided on the written submissions.
“If such measures are not possible or appropriate, the hearings will be postponed until May 2020 or later,” CAS said in its statement. “Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ban on holding in-person hearings may be extended.”