It's D-Day for Man City as court rules on their European ban

It's D-Day for Man City as court rules on their European ban

Manchester City are anxiously waiting to learn the fate of their appeal against UEFA ban from European when the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivers their decision on Monday morning. 

The English Premier League giants were in February handed a two year-ban from European football and a €30million fine (£24.9million) after they were found guilty of "serious breaches" of club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.

The club disputed the charges and immediately lodged an appeal at the Switzerland-based CAS. There are fears that the ban could see them lose their big names such as manager Pep Guardiola.

UEFA had said that Man City broke the rules by "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016", in the process accusing officials of failing to co-operate with its investigation.

The investigation followed a sting article in German magazine Der Spiegel which claimed that that City's owner Sheikh Mansour was topping up the value of sponsorship agreements, in breach of FFP rules.

All clubs competing in Uefa competitions are expected to operate within their means and meet break-even targets, while dealings have to be transparent.

Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United, Sheffield United and Wolves will all have an interest in the decision with expulsion for City meaning a fifth-place finish would be enough to claim a spot in next season's competition.