Manchester City suspect Arsenal of instigating letter to CAS


Seamus Leonard

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Manchester City are pointing the finger at Arsenal after a number of Premier League clubs petitioned the Court of Arbitration for Sport to maintain the ban on Pep Guardiola’s men from European competition next season.

According to the Sunday Mirror, City have information that the Gunners were the primary force behind a letter sent to CAS about the matter.

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The Citizens were caught somewhat unawares in February when they were hit with a two-year suspension and a £25m fine for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.

They have appealed the ruling, but the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic means that the case may drag on into late summer.

In that scenario, City could ask for a suspension of their continental ban while the case is ongoing.

With a precious Champions League spot hinging on the outcome, some of City’s rivals have urged CAS to uphold the punishment in terms of next season at least.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, Wolves, Burnley all signed the letter.

The report says that City were expecting those teams to be involved, but were surprised that Liverpool also added their name as Jürgen Klopp’s men have already secured a Champions League place for next season.