Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been given assurances by the club’s board that their ban from the Champions League will be overturned. The English giants will discover their faith on July 13, the date when Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will reveal if City’s appeal against their ban will be successful.
The club has been banned for two European seasons by the UEFA after they were found guilty of Financial Fair Play irregularities. City appealed against the ban and eventually took their case to CAS, insisting that they are innocent. And now Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time about the appeal.
The Spaniard is confident that is team will be part of the European elite again next season. “With CAS, we are ready – and I have a lot of confidence and trust in people that we will be allowed in the Champions League next year. Of course we want to be there and on 13 July we will know the resolution. All the workers here, the players, the staff, the whole club can continue growing over the next few years.”
If the CAS decide to uphold the UEFA ban, City could lose out around €225m in revenue from the Champions League. Meanwhile, a two-year ban from Europe’s biggest club tournament could fear off new players, whilst their stars like Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling could look to leave the club to find Champions League football elsewhere.