Manchester City set to learn outcome of CAS appeal over European ban
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Manchester City set to learn outcome of CAS appeal over European ban

Manchester City will discover on Monday whether their appeal against a two-year UEFA ban from European football has been successful, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Friday.

European soccer's governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations and failed to cooperate with its investigation, handing them a ban and a €30 million ($48.76 million) fine.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Credit:Getty Images

City have denied any wrongdoing and their appeal was heard over three days by CAS last month.

Without Champions League football, City could miss out on at least 100 million ($181.62 million) in prize money and broadcast revenue, as well as matchday and other income.

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Earlier on Friday, manager Pep Guardiola was adamant City would be playing in the Champions League next season.

"We are ready," the Spaniard told a news conference. "I have a lot of confidence and trust with the people that we will be allowed to play the Champions League because we want to be on the field during these years."

Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester CIty's Champions League second leg against Real Madrid.

Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester CIty's Champions League second leg against Real Madrid.Credit:AP

Meanwhile, Guardiola said he was not looking ahead to a potential Champions League quarter-final tie against Juventus because any loss of focus could result in elimination by Real Madrid in the last 16.

City lead Real 2-1 heading into the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on August 7 and would face Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus in the quarter-finals if both teams were to progress. The Italians are 1-0 down versus Olympique Lyonnais from the first leg in France.

"In this organisation there is no one who knows Real better than me. They are the dominant team in the Champions League and we have to focus on them," Guardiola said. "We think about Real. If we think about the next step when we are playing against the king of this competition, they will put us out."

Guardiola confirmed Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who had knee surgery in Barcelona last month, would be unavailable for the fixture against the 13-time European champions.

In other Champions League fixtures, Bayern Munich will face Barcelona or Napoli in the quarter-finals if they can defend their three goal lead against Chelsea in their last 16 second leg game.

The tournament has been halted since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a "Final Eight" tournament being held in Lisbon after the remaining second-leg games from the last 16 ties are decided.

UEFA held the draw for the one-leg quarter-finals and semi-finals at their headquarters in Nyon on Friday night (AEST).

Two quarter-finals were set by the draw with Germany's RB Leipzig facing Atletico Madrid and Italian club Atalanta up against Paris St Germain.

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The rest of the draw depends on the outcome of the second-leg ties in the last 16.

Barca drew 1-1 at Napoli in the first leg and will host the Serie A side at the Nou Camp on August 7 or 8.

Bayern Munich are strong favourites to make the last eight having beaten Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their tie.

The path to the semi-finals opens up the possibility of Pep Guardiola facing his old club Barcelona if both teams progress to the last four.

In the Europa League draw, Manchester United, who lead Austria's LASK from their round of 16 first-leg, should face Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen.

Should Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer's side progress to the semi-finals they will face the winner of the last eight match between Olympiakos/Wolves and Seville/AS Roma.

Reuters

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