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Manchester City

CAS rules in Man City's favour and the world of football reacts

Premier League club Manchester City's two-year UEFA ban from European soccer which was was overturned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Manchester City Press Conference - Etihad Campus, Manchester, Britain - September 30, 2019   Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the press conference     Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/File
CARL RECINEAction Images via Reuters

Manchester City's two-year ban from European football has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), the Lausanne based court said on Monday.

The decision means Pep Guardiola's team will compete in next season's Champions League.

CAS ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship. The court also reduced a fine for failing to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros ($11.30 million) from 30 million euros.

The CAS ruling however has not been unanimously well received in many quarters. Whilst Manchester City thanked CAS panel members for their diligence in reaching the conclusion, many feared that the ruling is a setback for UEFA's FFP (Financial Fair Play) policy and will grant richer clubs the ability to circumnavigate UEFA regulations.

Here's a small selection of reactions from former players, pundits, journalists and even KFC to the CAS ruling:


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