Man City take UEFA case to CAS
UEFA's Club Financial Control Body has referred Manchester City to the adjudicatory chamber, but the club have appealed the move to CAS.
Manchester City have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAF) against UEFA's investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, the court has confirmed
City were alleged to have broken rules relating to FFP, third-party ownership and youth player recruitment in articles by German publication Der Spiegel, which drew upon documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.
UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) opened a probe into the club in March, with former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme leading as chief investigator but City slammed the move, describing it as a "hostile process".
A report in the New York Times in mid-May stated that UEFA were ready to recommend that Premier League champions Manchester City are excluded from the Champions League as a result of financial far play violations.
The Premier League champions have now taken their appeal against the investigation to CAS, the organisation confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
"The appeal is filed against decisions taken by the Investigatory Chamber (IC) of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) regarding MCFC's alleged non-compliance with UEFA's Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations," said the statement from CAS.
"An arbitration procedure will now be initiated and will involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a panel of CAS arbitrators is convened to hear the appeal.
"Once the panel has been formally constituted, it will issue a procedural calendar. It is not possible to say at this time when the arbitral award for this matter will be issued.
"CAS will not provide any further information in relation to this procedure, except to issue a media release announcing the panel's decision."