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Eight Premier League clubs ‘in bid to stop Man City playing in Champions League’

Eight Premier League clubs ‘in bid to stop Man City playing in Champions League’ next season after they were handed a two year ban from competing in Europe.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are those who have reportedly written to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, fearing that City could ask to have their punishment deferred while the appeal is ongoing.

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UEFA found the club guilty of serious breaches of the financial fair play regulations, though they denied any wrongdoing and have since appealed against their ban.

The delays due to the coronavirus pandemic could see Pep Guardiola’s side compete in next season’s Champions League, it’s claimed.

The written document sent by eight of the Premier League’s current top 10 states that they strongly object City’s request that their punishment is ‘stayed’ while their appeal process is ongoing.

City, of course, and Sheffield United are the only clubs in the top half not involved.

City declined to respond, but they believe that certain clubs have been leading a charge against them.

Speaking to Sportsmail, a source said: “The feeling is that enough is enough.

“For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.

“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and – should they win the appeal – get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”

Assuming City finish the current Premier League campaign in the top four, if they are not allowed to compete in the Champions League next season their place would go to the team finishing fifth.

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