Manchester City have appealed directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to throw out UEFA’s financial fair play case against them.
The European football governing body are examining City’s alleged financial infringements, which could result in a one-year ban from the Champions League.
UEFA took the FFP case to their Club Financial Control Body (CFB) adjudicatory chamber last month, where the head of the CFCB’s investigatory arm Yves Leterme deemed that City do have things to answer for.
Nonetheless, the Premier League champions insisted they were confident “of a positive outcome” of having their case cleared.
But it turns out City aren’t willing to wait around and have appealed directly to the CAS to end the case.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City Football Club against the Union of European Football Associations,” read a CAS statement.
“The appeal is filed against decisions taken by the Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body regarding MCFC’s alleged non-compliance with UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
“An arbitration procedure will now be initiated and will involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a panel of CAS arbitrators is convened to hear the appeal.
“Once the panel has been formally constituted, it will issue a procedural calendar. It is not possible to say at this time when the arbitral award for this matter will be issued.
“CAS will not provide any further information in relation to this procedure, except to issue a Media Release announcing the Panel’s decision.”