A total of 8 Premier League clubs have reportedly signed and submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for sports (CAS), to stop Manchester City from playing in the Champions League next season.
Manchester City are currently banned from participating in European competitions for 2 years by UEFA for violating its rules concerning Financial Fair Play. The ban was imposed in February, but City have filed an application with CAS to have the decision overturned.
The appeal is ongoing, and City may be allowed to play in Europe next season, pending its outcome, but reports say some Premier League clubs are working to see it doesn’t happen.
According to the Daily Mail, 8 sides in the EPL have submitted an application to make sure City don’t escape punishment. Top clubs like, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool drafted the application, which has garnered backing from 6 more teams, with City and Sheffield United the only ones in the top 10 to not offer their backing yet.
The application says that these teams will strongly object to any request for a ‘stay of execution’ from City as CAS works on a judgement.
City are yet to make any such requests with CAS, so the application doesn’t hold water just yet, but the Daily Mail also adds that the 8 clubs are serious about this and they would be disappointed if City aren’t punished by CAS.