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Emeka Nnaike

Manchester City has revealed that they will appeal the club’s European ban and fine at the Court of Arbitration for Sport as soon as possible.

The Manchester club was banned for two years from the UEFA Champions League, as well as slapped with a fine of €30 million for financial irregularities.

City, in a statement, referred to UEFA’s decision as ‘prejudicial’ in which the UEFA Chief Investigator conducted a “flawed” investigation, and vowed to commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.

“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber. The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position,” the statement read.

“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun. The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

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