Clubs from the upper echelon of the Premier League have launched a bid to stop Man City playing in the Champions League while the appeal over their two year ban is ongoing.
The Daily Mail reports that eight of the current top 10 placed clubs in the Premier League have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will hear City’s appeal against their punishment from UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
The only two teams not on the list are Sheffield United and naturally City themselves.
It is believed the group have written separately to the same law firm who have in turn sent them an application backed by all to the arbitration body.
If Man City request their punishment is “stayed” (in other words not served) while their appeal is ongoing, the other clubs will strongly reject that premise.
For their part, Man City have not requested that measure take place.
City have a firm belief that this is a calculated attack by some of the most powerful clubs in the country.
An unnamed source did little to reject that view by saying:
“For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.
“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous."
There is a thought that with the current Covid-19 global outbreak sending football calendars into turmoil, the case over City’s two year ban will be delayed and they could well start the new season in the Champions League.