According to a report from The Daily Mail earlier today, nearly half the teams in the English Premier League have sent out a joint letter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport asking the organization to block any discussion to potentially overturn Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban. The proclamation’s co-signers include representatives from every club currently sitting in the Prem’s top ten, excluding City itself and Sheffield United.
This is only the latest chapter in a lengthy saga that began last year when UEFA started to examine reports that Manchester City had broken multiple rules within their own Financial Fair Play rules. The defending Premier League champs were later found guilty last month of breaking said regulations and were handed a massive punishment that included the aforementioned two-year ban from the Champions League and all other continental competitions, and a 25 million pound fine.
Representatives from the club have categorically denied any wrongdoing and have since appealed the decision. The appeal in question has been all but frozen as of now thanks to the spread of the Coronavirus. So this appeal could last until the summer.
Most of the concern, it seems, beyond the immediate ramifications of missing out on all continental competitions, is that this could end up hugely affecting their run as one of the world’s hottest destinations for up-and-coming footballers. The club currently employs some of the best players right now including Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Bernardo Silva, and Sergio Aguero, and while there is something to be said about player loyalty to a team, the loss of crucial games on the biggest stage could cause a few of them to leave to other massive clubs as soon as this summer.
If this case is upheld and City is left to wallow in domestic competitions, who do you think will leave the club? Trying to take my own biases out of this, I think that guys like Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane could all leave within the next two transfer windows, but maybe a few more key guys could go as well. I wouldn’t go as far to say that Aguero will say goodbye to the Etihad, as he is the club’s greatest player, but that’s shockingly not off the table. Please let us know your thoughts down below or on any of our social media.
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