05:15 GMT22 June 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In February, European football’s governing body UEFA stated that it had found English Premier League giant Manchester City committing serious breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and failed to cooperate. UEFA handed them a two-year ban from European competitions and a $33.89 million fine.

    The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) lifted Manchester City’s two-year UEFA ban from European football, which was punished for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, on Monday.

    Following the decision, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will be able to play in next season's Champions League.

    CAS, an international body, was established in 1984 to settle disputes related to sports through arbitration.

    In an official statement by the club, it said, “Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), the club welcomes the implications of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered”.

    However, City will still have to pay a fine, which has been reduced from $33.9 mln to $11 mln.

    As per UEFA’s decision, City was banned from European competitions for two years and fined City nearly $34 mln for allegedly hiding Financial Fair Play violations in overstated sponsorship revenue from 2012 to 2015.

    Manchester City reached out to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal against the decision.

    Last month, a three-day hearing was held on the case over a video conference where the English side strongly denied the claims.


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