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Manchester City's European ban lifted: What does it mean for Pep Guardiola's men?

:Headline: Manchester City's European ban lifted: What does it mean for Pep Guardiola's men?:
City could have seen top players move on.

Manchester City have had their two-year ban from European competition overturned following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Here, the PA news agency looks over the case.

Why were City banned?

UEFA issued the ban in February but the club have had the punishment overturned (Tim Goode/PA)

In February European governing body UEFA found City guilty of breaching its Financial Fair Play regulations, imposing a ban of two years from European competition and issuing a fine of £26.7million. The charges stemmed from a series of allegations, based on leaked information, published in German magazine Der Spiegel in November 2018. The most serious claimed City had over-inflated sponsorship deals to disguise payments into the club from its owner and meet FFP requirements. These alleged breaches took place in a period from 2012-16. City were previously fined £49million for FFP breaches in 2014 but the latest allegations claimed the club deceived UEFA more than was realised at the time.

What did the appeal to CAS find?

CAS has ruled City "did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions" and so the European ban has been lifted. It pointed out the charges were "either not established or time-barred". However, a fine of £8.9million has been imposed after City were found not to have co-operated fully with UEFA's investigation.

What has been the reaction?

“The club welcomes the implications of (the) ruling as a validation of the club's position and the body of evidence that it was able to present.”
- Man City statement

City had always been confident of winning the case, once it had been viewed by an independent body such as CAS, having previously claimed UEFA's process was "flawed". The club has said it "welcomes the implications of (the) ruling as a validation of the club's position". UEFA has acknowledged the decision and recognised many of the charges fell outside "the five-year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations".

What does this mean for City?

There had been speculation over the future of key players such as Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Raheem Sterling (right) (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The implications for City in the short to medium term, had the ban been upheld, were potentially serious. There would have been speculation over the futures of manager Pep Guardiola and several key players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling. The club's ability to attract players in the transfer market would also have been hit and the club's off-field reputation would have suffered, potentially hindering future sponsorship agreements. Financially there would also have been a significant hit from the absence of Champions League football. This would undoubtedly have set the club's ambitions back. Now they can plan ahead with greater certainty.

So City will be in the Champions League next season?

City will be able to challenge for the Champions League again next season (Nick Potts/PA)

Yes. They are already mathematically certain of finishing in a qualifying position following the weekend's results in the Premier League. They will join champions Liverpool in the competition next year with England's other two entrants being the sides that finish third and fourth. Fifth will no longer qualify – although Wolves and Manchester United have an additional avenue through the Europa League.

What does this mean for FFP?

City's victory will lead some to question whether FFP is enforceable in its current form. UEFA insists that the system will be maintained. It said in a statement: "Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA (European Club Association) remain committed to its principles."

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CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Chelsea392161270541669
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3956282676-5021
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