Manchester United have made legal representation to try and get Manchester City banned from Europe, report The Mail.
United have joined forces with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester, Wolves, and Burnley, to submit an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will hear City’s appeal against their ban from European competition.
City were dealt a two-year ban last month, although their appeal allows them to continue playing in the competition.
The application from United and the group of clubs asks that City will not be permitted to feature in the Champions League next season even if an appeal is delayed or deferred.
City’s ban was for serious and consistent breaches of Financial Fair Play.
Potential benefit for United
United will of course insist this is not about the club, and is instead about holding City to account.
As it stands, if City were kicked out of Europe, and European places to be awarded on current league position at this hiatus, United would qualify for the Champions League by sitting in fifth.
Even if the league resumes, United’s chances of securing a Champions League place would be boosted if fifth is the minimum requirements instead of fourth.
At a time of serious uncertainty in football, City’s Champions League ban is one more big unknown factor. United are trying to bring some clarity to the situation with this latest move.
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