Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competition by UEFA will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from June 8-10.
UEFA handed down the punishment, which included a €30 million fine to the reigning English champions in February for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
Man City have vowed to overturn what they described as a flawed decision by European football’s governing body. City denies the allegations and accused UEFA of making its decision before the investigation had even begun.
By scheduling the hearing for early June, CAS should ensure City’s fate is decided before the possible resumption of the Premier League on June 12. Should City fail to overturn the ban, it would represent a massive blow to the club’s prestige.
The decision is also likely to have a huge bearing on the club’s ability to sign new players over the summer, as well as the futures of existing stars.