Manchester City fail in appeal to CAS to block Uefa FFP probe
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled against Manchester City after the English soccer giants sought to halt a Uefa investigation into an alleged breach of financial fair play rules.
The defending Premier League champions had called on CAS to dismiss the case.
However, the court said today that the appeal was inadmissible as Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body has yet to determine what sanctions will be applied if City are found guilty, and legal avenues have not been exhausted
The club must now await decisions from the CFCB’s investigatory chamber, and if necessary the adjudicatory chamber, but can appeal against those.
City, who deny any wrongdoing, had argued that Uefa did not have the authority to bring an FFP case against them.
However, in a statement, CAS said: “An appeal against the decision of a federation, association or sports-related body may be filed with CAS… if the Appellant has exhausted the legal remedies available to it prior to the appeal, in accordance with the statutes or regulations of that body.
"In the present case, the decision rendered by the CFCB IC to refer a case to the CFCB AC is not final and can therefore not be appealed to CAS directly, because the AC is competent to take any of the decisions listed in Article 27 CFCB Procedural Rules, that are described as being final."
Uefa’s probe is based on claims made in a report by German magazine Der Spiegel late last year, which cited leaked documents obtained by the Football Leaks website.
City have been accused of overinflating the value of their main sponsorship deal with Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based airline, in 2012-13 and 2013-14 to cover up extra investment from the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the emirate’s royal family.
The club has dismissed that accusation as “entirely false."
In 2014, Manchester City accepted a £49-million ($63.2-million) fine for breaching FFP rules, £32 million of which was suspended, and their Champions League squad was reduced for the 2014-15 season.
However, Der Spiegel claimed that Manchester City and its sponsors manipulated contracts to wipe out a £9.9-million shortfall in 2013 and avoid further FFP sanctions.