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The Man City appeal date in the Champions League adds further suspense to the first four matches

Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year ban in the Champions League will be heard next month.

The sports referee court has reserved three days for the hearing, from June 8 to June 10.

This means that Premier League Premier League chase teams are unlikely to know before the season resumes if fifth place is enough for a spot in the first European club competition of the next term.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said on Monday that England’s highest flight is still pushing for a resumption of June 12th.

But he admitted that the British top-flight will be “flexible” compared to the restart date, with June 19th now seeming more likely.

“We’ve been focusing on this staging post, it’s not a firm commitment for June 12,” said Masters.



Guardiola and City are still in the race this year

“Next week we will discuss full contact training protocols for this.

“Once you know when you can start full training and have discussed with clubs properly how much it is necessary to create fitness levels before they can start playing, we can confirm when the season starts.

“So we haven’t changed the start date, we have to be flexible about it. What we don’t want to do is continually move that start date. So we haven’t changed it, we have to be flexible and recognize that we are in a gradual process.”

In 2019, Chelsea’s appeal against their transfer ban – which was subsequently lifted – lasted two weeks between the hearing and the approval of a decision.



Chelsea are in the top four

Paris Saint-Germain’s decision to appeal and close a UEFA investigation into their finances in 2018 saw CAS take four months to make a decision.

As such, there is even the remote possibility that City may end the campaign without knowing their fate, however improbable it may seem.

Pep Guardiola’s team seems almost finished in the top four – currently in second place – but will not be admitted to the 2020-21 competition at the moment.

Current Premier League champions found out they violated financial fair play rules from UEFA’s club financial control agency in February.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will hear the appeal, listed the case on its website.

The CFCB chamber of judges found that City had committed “serious violations” of UEFA’s FFP and club licensing rules, overestimating sponsorship revenues in its accounts and breakeven information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.



UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin

He also claimed that the club “did not cooperate” with the CFCB’s investigative chamber.

City immediately declared its intention to appeal the penalty.

City said the investigations were “imperfect” and “prejudicial”.

The club was also fined 30 million euros, which currently amounts to £ 26.8 million.

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FFP was introduced by UEFA at the beginning of the 2011-12 season as an attempt to prevent teams from experiencing serious financial difficulties due to overspending.

All clubs participating in UEFA competitions should operate with their own means and achieve breakeven goals, while relations must be transparent.

Liverpool will certainly be in the Champions League next season, but there are many teams joining them.

Leicester and Chelsea currently sit third and fourth, respectively with 53 and 48 points.

Manchester United are fifth, three points apart, in the position which – if the City ban is lifted – will return to being a place in the Europa League.

Wolves (43), Sheffield United (43, with a game in hand), Spurs (41) and Arsenal (40, even with an extra, are also in the running for Europe.

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