Manchester City will hear tomorrow whether it will be able to play football in the most prestigious European club team competition in the Champions League next season. The key to the solution lies with the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), against which City appealed against the European Football Association’s Uefa ruling in February.
Uefa kicked the club for two years in the European club team competitions and fined € 30 million for violating the rules of financial fair play. In practice, Uefa’s financial fair play rules mean that clubs must cover their expenses with their own income. According to Uefa, City distorted its sponsorship income in 2012-2016 to meet the terms of the fair play rules.
There was no place for reproach in City’s grip on the playing field, at least late Saturday. At that, Raheem Sterling was noted down for a hat trick! City took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and center backs 31 minutes into the match. Sterling’s hits came in the 21st, 53rd and 81st minutes of the match. In addition to him, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva succeeded in scoring.
City is second in the English Premier League and will remain in the Champions League position until the end of the season. Access to the Champions League can only be blocked by CAS if it supports Uefa’s view.
- We earn by playing our place in the Champions League. Hopefully, Uefa will make sure on Monday that we play where these players belong with their performances, said City head coach Pep Guardiola.
City have scored at least four goals in the last six matches they have played. The Premier League championship has already escaped to Liverpool, but City’s summer could still culminate in three titles.
At the beginning of March, the club won Aston Villa 2–1 in the league cup final, and in the English Cup, City will face Arsenal in next weekend's semifinals. In this season’s Champions League, City will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the quarterfinals on August 8th. The teams were scheduled to face back in March, but the match was postponed due to a coronavirus pandemic. In the opening part of the match pair, City managed to beat Real 2–1 in Madrid.
If City advances to the semi-finals of the Champions League, it will face the winner of the Lyon-Juventus match.