Manchester City will play in Europe after the revocation of the TAS. The Court of Sports Arbitration (TAS) has decided to withdraw the UEFA sanction on the English team. In this way, Pep Guardiola’s team will be able to play the Champions League next season. Manchester City must pay 10 million euros as a penalty.
The English club management breathes easy knowing that the team will play next season in Europe. The revocation of the UEFA sanction is a halo of hope for Guardiola’s team, mainly on a financial level.
30 million euro fine
In a first instance, a fine of 30 million euros had been imposed. Finally, City must pay 10 million euros within thirty days to UEFA. This reduction in fine is due to the club’s financial resources and the importance of team cooperation.
In 2018 it leaked into the German magazine Der Spiegel, manipulating the English club’s sponsorship contracts to circumvent UEFA’s financial control. According to the magazine, the English team used private capital without UEFA knowing it.
The TAS has made a decision after hearing the appeals of the English club and that is that Manchester City did not hide “capital funds” as “sponsor income”.
The regulatory body has determined that a large part of the infractions committed by the City could not be demonstrated or prescribed.
Second leg at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City face Real Madrid
on August 7 in the last 16. In the first leg, Pep Guardiola’s team beat the white team by a goal to two at the Santiago Bernabéu. The English hope to win at home and be able to pass the tie. Manchester City looks forward to playing the Champions League final in Lisbon on August 25.