Pep Guardiola confident Manchester City's Champions League ban will be overturned
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Pep Guardiola confident Manchester City's Champions League ban will be overturned

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident that they will not be banned from the Champions League as they await CAS decision.

In February, the Premier League side was handed the punishment after they were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations by allegedly over-inflating sponsorship deals.

Speaking to reporters ahead of their game against Southampton on Sunday, the Spaniard said he was confident that they will be allowed to play in the Champions League.

“We are ready. I have a lot of confidence and trust with the people that we will be allowed to play the Champions League because we want to be on the field during these years.

“On July 13 we will know the resolution, hopefully, for the club — all the workers, players and everyone here, staff — to try to continue growing up as a club in the next years,” he said.

City has always maintained their innocence and an appeal has been lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the verdict expected on 13 July.

If City, who are placed second on the log are banned from the competition, the fifth-placed team in the league will take their space in Europe.