Manchester City successfully overturned their two-year ban from the Champions League.
This action was taken after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld City’s appeal against the UEFA ban. However, the club was imposed with a 10 million euro ($11.3 million) fine for failing to cooperate with investigators.
City denied wrongdoing, and said it had “irrefutable evidence” the claims were not true.
The published evidence appeared to show City deceived UEFA by overstating sponsorship deals from 2012-16 and hid the source of revenue linked to state-backed companies in Abu Dhabi.
The city never disputed the documents were authentic but argued the evidence was stolen and reported out of context.
Earlier, UEFA punished Man City in February for “serious breaches” of rules monitoring club finances and failing to cooperate with investigators. The allegations included that City, owned by Abu Dhabi’s royal family, misled UEFA over several years to meet financial integrity rules — known as Financial Fair Play — required to enter European club competitions.