CAS Reveals Man City Ignored UEFA Investigation But Did Not Breach FFP

Tanya Simon
August 1, 2020

The court further revealed that City had also not produced enough evidence during UEFA's investigation, which the court believed could have restricted the governing body from banning the club from Manchester.

The decision allows Manchester City to compete in next season's UEFA Champions League.

City's failure to cooperate with the CFCB's investigation was considered a "severe breach".

Similar claims concerning City's arrangements with Abu Dhabi telecommunications company Etisalat were found to be time-barred under UEFA's rules, because the alleged offences took place more than five years before the case was referred to the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA's Club Financial Control Board (CFCB) on May 15, 2019.

City did not supply Uefa's investigation with the original emails related to the leaked documents but CAS also noted that Uefa did not "pursue" that evidence before the hearing.

"The panel is of the view that UEFA by no means filed frivolous charges against City but based on the evidence the panel can not reach the conclusion that disguised funding was paid to City".

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UEFA launched an investigation after German magazine Der Spiegel published a series of leaked emails relating to City's finances in 2018.

"The appealed decision is therefore not per se wrong, but, at least to a certain extent, is a outcome of MCFC's decision to produce the most relevant evidence at its disposal, only in the present appeal arbitration proceedings before CAS".

The majority of the panel found that UEFA's allegation that sponsorship income had been inflated was not proven. The full report discloses that Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle, Spurs and Wolves all wrote to CAS in March asking that "a stay of execution" from the Champions League ban be withheld.

In its report, Cas reported Uefa preserved the club "on a great number of situations refused to remedy thoughts, refused to deliver documents, refused to prepare for the attendance of requested individuals and - ultimately - it even instructed its individual qualified witness not to answer unique concerns".

European football's governing body said the case represented "the most serious, sophisticated, deliberate and fundamental attempt to circumvent and violate basic financial fair play principles". It said the "attitude of the club" should also be viewed as, provided it gave "demonstrably incorrect information and carries on to modify its explanations".

It added the "evidence on record is overwhelming" and consists of the Football Leaks Documents and accounting evidence.

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