The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have confirmed that nine Premier League teams wrote to them asking them not to lift Manchester City’s ban from the Champions League.
Man City were slapped with a ban from all Uefa European competitions for two years and also fined £27m in February after breaching the Financial Fair Play.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the European ban this month, and cut City’s bill to just £9m after the appeal.
On Tuesday, the court released a document with full details on the case, explaining the exact reasons behind their decision.
The conclusions show that, while Manchester City showed “a blatant disregard” of Financial Fair Play principles, UEFA could not prove they broke the rules.
It is also revealed that almost half of the club’s Premier League rivals wrote to the court to oppose Man City asking them not to lift the ban.
The clubs include Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Burnley, Leicester, Newcastle, Tottenham and Wolves.
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The statement read: “On March 9 2020, nine Premier League clubs filed an application for intervention…for the limited purpose of opposing any possible application by MCFC to request for a stay of execution of the Appealed Decision.”
City were confident of getting their ban lifted before the case was held, saying that they had evidence to support their argument.