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Coronavirus might help Manchester City play at Champions League

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Manchester City’s appeal against UEFA due to the two-year ban from European football is up in the air as the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) in Switzerland deals with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Citizens were hoping for a hearing by the beginning of summer however that now looks unrealistic as the court in Lausanne has already postponed three hearings and has 16 cases already scheduled until 18 May, with the club case not yet listed.

Speaking to Reuters Cas Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said that the court was already making adjustments and was “monitoring the situation closely and continually adapting to the changing circumstances”.

“In-person hearings are still being conducted, where the participants agree to do so,” he said in an email statement.

“When participants are located in high-risk regions, we are offering the possibility of using video or phone links or postponing to a later date.

“For the moment, there has been no significant impact on our operations but we will continue to be vigilant. Only three hearings have been postponed so far.”

Manchester City were banned by Uefa on 14 February and fined €30million for “serious breaches” of European football’s break-even regulations known as Financial Fair Play (FFP).

Source- The Guardian

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