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.
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.
Fans reacted as eight Premier League clubs ‘in bid to stop Man City playing in the Champions League’…
We should’ve with how their fans treated us this season
— Sam Birmingham (@sambirmingham82) March 24, 2020
Snitches get stitches
— David Hoyland ?⚪⚔️ (@bladesman83) March 24, 2020
— christian colton (@evalfmoop) March 25, 2020
Respect to @SheffieldUnited for not joining the sheeps. I truly believe you can achieve top 4 at your merit.
— Blue blood (@blueaamcfc) March 25, 2020
Proves how much class that club has. As my team aren't in the Prem it's who I look to for results more and more! ??
— Tim (@sc_timmy1180) March 25, 2020
We ain’t bitches ?? best club ever ⚽️ #twitterblades
— Rob Wilson (@RobWilson1989) March 25, 2020
Premier League's top clubs have launched a bid to stop Man City attempting to play in the Champions League amid an appeal against their two-year ban ..?pic.twitter.com/kOTst0mR51
— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) March 24, 2020
What the heck is wrong with Sheffield United?
— Red Devil (@Amdm1401) March 24, 2020
??? how pathetic atleast Sheffield united have some class
— Joanne (@joanne1894) March 24, 2020
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