Man City ‘may still play’ in Champions League next season in fresh FFP twist

Manchester City could potentially still play in next season's Champions League if they can successfully request to have their two-year suspension from European football delayed while they appeal against UEFA's verdict.

Sports lawyers revealed on Wednesday that City can ask to have the suspension halted while the Court of Arbitration for Sport hears their appeal.

City bigwig Ferran Soriano maintained that the Premier League champions are innocent of the allegations and wants the club's name cleared before next season.

"The allegations are not true. They are simply not true," Soriano said. "My best hope is that this will be finished before the beginning of the summer."

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Leading Sports Law Barrister, John Mehrzad, predicted that 'it is very likely indeed, practically certain, that City will seek provisional measures from the CAS'.

City are accused of 'serious breaches' of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012-16.

Pep Guardiola's side were slapped with a £25m fine as well as Champions League expulsion.

"The owner has not put money in this club that has not been properly declared," Soriano added.

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"We are a sustainable football club, we are profitable, we don't have debt, our accounts have been scrutinised many times, by auditors, by regulators, by investors and this is perfectly clear."

City defeated West ham 2-0 last night thanks to goals from Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne, and Guardiola spoke resolutely in the aftermath regarding UEFA's punishment.

"I'm confident that we'll play in Europe next season. I'm pretty sure we'll defend our position," Guardiola said before denying that he would quit the club in the wake of the decision.

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"If they don't sack me, I will stay here more than ever. I want to stay longer than the contract that I have. I want to help the club grow and maintain this level for as long as possible. Why should I leave?

"It's not finished, it's not over. You fight no matter what and the club is going to do that. There are two sides. The club say it is not true. I love this club."

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