A 93-page document outlining the written reasons for why Man City’s two-year ban from European football was overturned has been released by CAS
Last Updated: 28/07/20 6:44pm
Manchester City’s European ban was overturned after accusations that the club’s owners disguised at least £204m as sponsorship went unproven, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has revealed.
The document states that City denied in the strongest possible terms that they had entered into a conspiracy with their sponsors Etihad Airways and Etisalat.
The club insisted a total of 5.5m emails were stolen from them, UEFA’s case was based on six specific emails, and a CAS panel ruled that the emails constituted admissible evidence.
The written reasons confirm that on March 9, 2020, nine Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham, and Wolves – wrote to CAS asking that “a stay of execution” from City’s Champions League ban be withheld, in the event that City never applied for a stay.
The majority of the panel found that UEFA’s allegation that sponsorship income had been inflated was not proven.
Payments from Etisalat were…