Plenty of Manchester City fans were left raging and bewildered by reports that they face a lengthy wait to discover whether they will be allowed to play in the Champions League next season.
The Mirror reported that the Premier League champions, whose appeal against their two-year ban from European club competitions will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) next week, could have to wait until August to find out if it has been successful. The news was later relayed on Twitter by @City_Xtra.
#ManCity may have to wait two months to learn whether their Champions League ban has been overturned, according to CAS sources.
— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) June 3, 2020
Manchester City were handed a two-year suspension from UEFA competitions by European football’s governing body in February for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations but are hopeful of getting the ban overturned, with their appeal set to be heard by CAS between next Monday and Wednesday.
As noted by Manchester Evening News, many of the club’s fans have a strained relationship with UEFA, which is thought to date back to disproportionate fines that were handed out for various incidents in the 2011/12 season and further fuelled by a £49m fine in 2014 for FFP breaches, with many of the Etihad Stadium faithful voicing their displeasure by regularly booing the pre-match Champions League anthem.
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These Cityzens on Twitter made their feelings known in response to the reported wait for the outcome of their upcoming appeal, with one accusing UEFA of “more anti-City bias”:
More anti-City bias, how do even combat this https://t.co/TmaSyOjZJ4
— Phil (@phccar) June 3, 2020
Another fraud gesture by UEFA
— Unknown (at🏡) (@Unknown30988609) June 3, 2020
I thought we were suppose to have a meeting in the first or second week of June ??
— Artie N (@ArtieN13) June 3, 2020
What do they do itmt?
— Lehlohonolo Papo 🦈 (@papomcfc) June 3, 2020
Why so long?
— Frank Middleton (@FrankMiddleton2) June 3, 2020
So they can come up with a new way to punish us..
— Omar (@mcfcomarr) June 3, 2020
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