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Manchester City were hit with a ban from Europe last month, as UEFA banned the Manchester club from European competitions for the next two seasons after being found to have committed serious breaches of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
A total of 8 Premier League clubs have reportedly signed and submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for sports (CAS), to stop Manchester City from playing in the Champions League next season.
City have filed an application with CAS to have the decision overturned, but the appeal from rival club is ongoing, and City may be allowed to play in Europe next season, pending its outcome, but reports say some Premier League clubs are working to see it doesn’t happen.
According to the Daily Mail, 8 sides in the EPL have submitted an application to make sure City don’t escape punishment. Rival clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool drafted the application, which has garnered backing from six more teams, with City and Sheffield United the only ones in the top 10 to not offer their backing yet.
The application says that these teams will strongly object to any request for a ‘stay of execution’ from City as CAS works on a judgement.
City are yet to make any such requests with CAS, so the application doesn’t hold water just yet, but the Daily Mail also adds that the 8 clubs are serious about this and they would be disappointed if City aren’t punished by CAS.