The two-year ban of Manchester City has been lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Now the team will be able to enter the European tournament. The CAS has, however, decided to impose a fine of Rs 85 crore on the English football club.
Citi was banned by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) from 2012 to 2016 for violating the Financial Fair Play rules. The club then appealed to the court.
The club will be able to enter the Champions League after the ban is lifted
With the removal of the ban, Citi has cleared the way to play in the Champions League in 2020-21. The team is set to be second in the current season of the EPL. City will take on Real Madrid on 7 August at their home ground in the second leg of the Round-16 in the current season of the Champions League.
Charges on Manchester City not proved
CAS said in its statement that the allegations against Manchester City Club did not materialize. The allegation of not cooperating in the investigation was considered serious, but for this reason a two-year ban on the club was not appropriate.