Manchester City will have to wait until July before they know if their appeal against their two year ban from the Champions League has been successful.
City were handed the ban in February, along with a €30 million (£26.7 million fine) by UEFA for allegedly breaching the rules on Financial Fair Play (FFP).
The Premier League club, who have always denied any wrongdoing, took their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who met earlier this week in a hearing that lasted three days. However, CAS has now indicated that all parties will need to wait until the first part of July before they publish their verdict.
The outcome could have a significant impact on what City do in the transfer market this summer. If they are successful they are likely to be very active as they look to strengthen their squad for next summer. However, if the UEFA ban is upheld, they will find it hard to attract the best players to the Etihad, irrespective of the wages on offer.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.