English football club Manchester city, came out fighting in their bid to win a Champions League reprieve by insisting: “This isn’t Armageddon.”
The Premier League champions were hit by a two-year European ban and a £25million fine by UEFA on Friday for
failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
But City remain steadfast in their belief that they will win their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A senior boardroom source said:
“We pretty much knew what the outcome of UEFA’s investigation would be from the moment it was referred to
their Adjudicatory Chamber last May.
“So our stance is that this is just another milestone in our quest to clear the name of the club.
“We remain utterly convinced that when we put our evidence before CAS we will see this decision overturned.
“We welcome the prospect of hearing UEFA’s reasons for making their decision and our response heard by an independent body.”
City have two weeks to lodge their appeal, but it remains to be seen whether CAS are able to sit in judgement before the start of next season.