The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed Manchester City's appeal against the European Union

Manchester City (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Manchester City (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Manchester City have appealed against the two-year European ban imposed on them for financial reasons.

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  • Latest update: February 27, 2020, 1:11 PM IST

Lausanne: Manchester City's appeal against a two-year ban imposed by Europe for economic breach was officially filed by the Sport Dispute Tribunal, CAS on Wednesday.

The Premier League, which was also fined 30 million euros ($ 32.5 million) by the UEFA European Football Council earlier this month, quickly reacted to the & # 39; s errors & # 39; and said they intend to appeal.

The CAS said in a statement on Wednesday: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has filed an appeal against Manchester City's football club against the European Football Association (UEFA).

"The appeal is against the judicial decision of the UEFA Club's Financial Control Committee called # 39; CFCB & # 39; dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was found to have violated UEFA's Fair Play Club rules and regulations. "

The CAS said it was impossible to say when the matter would be resolved but it is expected to take several months.

The court judge said on February 14 that the breach was "in excess of her sponsorship income as well as a report to UEFA between 2012 and 2016."

The city of Pep Guardiola is facing hundreds of millions of pounds in prize money, TV revenue, gate receipts and sponsorship revenue if their application fails.

Last week, City's head of football Ferran Soriano said the club is hoping their appeal will be heard by the CAS ahead of the start of next season's Champions League.

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If the suspension stops, it could raise questions about Guardiola's future and key players.

But Guardiola said on Tuesday he was confident the team had a tough case.

We have been in doubt for a long time but we have the right to appeal, ”Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

I believe in the people in my group. They explained the reasons for our suspicion. They showed me the arguments and the evidence.

"If that doesn't happen we have to accept it and move forward with people who want to stay but I believe in the team, I know them.

As a group we will see what happens to the CAS. ”

The two-time defending Premier League champions are currently in second place but have little chance of capturing the lead Liverpool, who have 22 points.

Since taking over Mansour in 2008, City have won 10 major trophies – four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

But the prize that comes out of them is the one Abu Dhabi owners love – the Champions League.

The city has already fallen under FFP rules.

They have been fined 60 million euros by their Champions League squad in 2014.