The reigning English champion was excluded for two seasons from all European competitions for having circumvented the rules of financial fair play between 2012 and 2016.
Eight of the top ten teams in the English championship wrote to the same law firm to uphold the announced penalty. Among the complainants are Liverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolverhampton, Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley. Only Sheffield has refrained from participating in this alliance.
“The feeling is that that’s enough,” said a source who remained anonymous to the British media. “For too long, Manchester City has been able to get away with breaking the rules at the expense of at least one other club that failed to qualify for the Champions League. The fear is that they will be able to delay any sanction and – if they win the appeal – to get away with nothing, which would be scandalous, “added this source.