Manchester City were hit with a two-year ban by UEFA’s club financial control body (CFCB) for breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
Pep Guardiola’s side were to miss out on European football due to the sanctions, and thus, they were set to miss out on Champions League football for two years, despite their position on the table.
However, after Manchester City took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS have now ruled in favour of Manchester City.
City will face no ban punishment for violating Financial Fair Play Rules. Rather, they will now be able to play in the top European competition next season, as long as they pay a €10m fine for their Financial-Fairplay breaking violations.
Following confirmation that the decision has been overturned, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola posed for a selfie with Manuel Estiarte, a member of his coaching staff, and City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain to celebrate the judgment.
The picture, which was posted on Manuel Estiarte’s Instagram account, was subsequently deleted.
Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy that he has his destiny in his own hands. Manchester United have been far away from the top four since the start of the season, but a jump in form since February, has ensured that United can now finish in top four.
A win against Southampton will ensure that United become third in the league. All Manchester United need is to win their remaining four games and will surely end the season in third place.