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Manchester City’s Champions League ban has been lifted – so what does it mean for the club, Pep Guardiola and their rivals?

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Monday morning they had lifted the two-season suspension from European football which UEFA had imposed on City, and reduced their fine from €30m to €10m.

City are now free to compete in the Champions League next season, having secured second place in the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday. But what are the wider implications?

What was the case against Manchester City

In February, Manchester City were banned for two seasons from the Champions League by UEFA for “serious breaches” of FFP rules and for failing to co-operate with the investigation.

City were found to overstated sponsorship revenue and break-even information in accounts submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.

The investigation was opened following the publication of documents on the Football Leaks website and Der Spiegel in November 2018. City’s appeal was heard in June 2020, after their attempts to have the case dismissed on procedural grounds in November 2019 were rejected by CAS.

Why was the ban lifted?

With CAS’ written reasons to be published in the coming days, the exact reason for the ban being overturned is not yet clear. However CAS have indicated that “most of the alleged breaches” were “either not established or time-barred”.

While CAS has upheld City’s punishment for failing to co-operate with the investigation – albeit reducing the fine from €30m to €10m – they have stated that “it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to co-operate with [UEFA’s independent Club Financial Control Body – CFCB] investigations alone.”

“It’s a huge victory for Manchester City,” said sports lawyer Daniel Geey. “It appears they have been exonerated on all of the substantive UEFA FFP breaches. But they have still imposed a fine for the duty to co-operate.”

Why have they still been fined?

Man City will still have to pay a €10m fine because of their failure to co-operate with the investigation. CAS explain this is because:

“…considering i) the financial resources of MCFC; ii) the importance of the cooperation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB, because of its limited investigative means; and iii) MCFC’s disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations, the CAS panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC and considered it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine by two-thirds, i.e. to the amount of 10 million Euros.”

Can UEFA appeal this decision?

Manchester City’s battle with UEFA may not be over quite yet. “There is grounds now for UEFA to go to the Swiss Federal Tribunal,” explains Geey.

“It does happen on occasion in sports cases, but the grounds to be able to appeal those decisions are pretty narrow, usually based on procedural fairness, jurisdiction or public policy grounds.

“For the time being at least, it’s a very big victory for Manchester City.”

What about the Premier League investigation into Manchester City?

As well as the UEFA investigation, Manchester City are also being investigated by the Premier League over financial issues, academy recruitment and third-party ownership.

That Premier League investigation – which has been running since March 2019 – remains ongoing.

What does the decision mean for City’s involvement in the Champions League this season?

City remain in this season’s competition. They face Real Madrid at the Etihad on August 7, in the second leg of their last-16 tie. City have a 2-1 lead from the first fixture at the Bernabeu and if they hold onto that advantage they’ll face either Lyon or Juventus in the quarter-finals.

What does this mean for the European qualifying places in the Premier League this season?

With Manchester City free to play in next season’s Champions League, the top four sides in the Premier League will qualify for the competition’s group stage. Teams which finish fifth and sixth in the Premier League will go into the 2020/21 Europa League group stage and the side finishing in seventh will go into the second qualifying round for that competition. However, if a team outside the Premier League top six (potentially Arsenal) wins the FA Cup – they will take one of the two Europa League group stage spots – and the team finishing sixth in the league would go into the second qualifying round.

What’s the wider impact for City?

Financially, if City had been banned from European football for two seasons they could have missed out on as much as £200m in lost revenue (£100m per season) on top of their original €30m fine.

A ban would also have raised questions over the futures of star names and manager Pep Guardiola, while transfer targets may have been put off a move to the club and preferred other destinations where they could play in the Champions League.

But those worries are behind City now, with them free to play in the Champions League.

Financially, if City had been banned from European football for two seasons they could have missed out on as much as £200m in lost revenue (£100m per season) on top of their original €30m fine.

A ban would also have raised questions over the futures of star names and manager Pep Guardiola, while transfer targets may have been put off a move to the club and preferred other destinations where they could play in the Champions League.

But those worries are behind City now, with them free to play in the Champions League.

[b]What does it mean for Pep Guardiola?

City manager Pep Guardiola had been convinced City would have their two-year ban overturned. “I’m so confident, because I know and hear the arguments of the club, next season we will be there,” he said recently.

Guardiola – who won the Champions League twice with Barcelona but hasn’t added another to his collection since 2011 – is contracted with Man City until the end of the 2020/21 season. It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard will look to extend that deal in the future – but City’s chances of retaining him as manager have been boosted by news of their Champions League ban being lifted.

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Court dismisses marriage due to supposed ritual

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Court breaks up 10-year old marriage over marathon sex, affirmed money ritual .

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Tuesday, broken down a 10-year-old marriage between one Basirat Adeyoyin and spouse, Adeyoyin Niyi over supposed ritual and marathon sex.

Conveying judgment, the President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade said that the court would not watch until there was insurgency prior to settling on the correct choice.

Odunade, consequently, disintegrated the relationship among Basirat and Niyi in light of a legitimate concern for harmony and peacefulness.

He granted guardianship of the two kids born to both of them to the offended party and requested the respondent to pay N10, 000 as the kids’ month to month taking care of recompense.

The court additionally requested Niyi to be answerable for their schooling and other government assistance. In her previous record, Basirat, an inhabitant of Olonsogo-Molete, told the court that she was throwing in the towel with her better half since “he was putting forth a urgent attempt to utilize her for money ritual”.

The woman added that she first notification this when her husband didn’t show any empathy after she lost her last pregnancy because of an excessive number of sexual intercourse with him.

Suddenly in 2018, Niyi came home one night and told me that he received a message that he must have seven-day marathon sex with me without a gap of any day. “I read no meaning to it and I allowed him until there was a problem. “I was already carrying a three-month-old pregnancy before that time and on the second day of the marathon sex, I lost the pregnancy.

“I took care of myself in the hospital only for Niyi to come home to start requesting for the continuation of the seven-day marathon sex even when I was still bleeding. “Then, I consulted my parents and relatives and from every indication, we discovered that he was trying to use me for money ritual,” Basirat said.

Consenting to the suit, the respondent didn’t prevent the claim from getting the marathon sex yet decided to raise new issues by and large.

Niyi presented that his wife was excessively inconvenient for him and was an imprudent housewife.

“Even if this court would dissolve my marriage, I pray to be given custody of the two children because Basirat cannot take care of them.

“One of the young boys in our neighbourhood raped our first child and she did not tell me about the incident. “My lord, it was because she often overstays in the market that such a thing could happen,” Niyi added.

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Army admits to firing live rounds at the Lekki toll gate incident

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The Nigerian armed force has conceded that soldiers took live bullets to the Lekki toll gate.

As indicated by The PUNCH, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brigadier General Ahmed Taiwo, has clarified that Phase Four of military inner security activity, which was conveyed at the Lekki toll gate on the night October 20, included the utilization of both live and clear ammo.

He said the troopers took live projectiles to the scene with the end goal of self defence .

Taiwo said a segment of the soldiers that worked at the toll gate on that night were to be sure equipped with live shots. He, nonetheless, kept up that lone officers with clear bullets discharged shots into the air. The overall expressed this on Saturday at the continued procedures of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry examining the supposed killing of #EndSARS dissidents at the Lekki toll gate evening of October 20 by soldiers.

Taiwo, who had prior made an introduction before the board with regards to the Nigerian Army on November 14, returned on Saturday for questioning by two guidance for #EndSARS dissenters, Messrs Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN) and Mr Adesina Ogunlana.

When Olumide-Fusika asked Taiwo if soldiers who went to the tollgate carried guns, Taiwo said, “When you are talking of guns, you are talking about high-calibre guns. They were carrying rifles; not guns.”

On further pressing by Olumide-Fusika, Taiwo added, “Definitely, a portion of the Force will carry live bullets, in case they are attacked.

But the soldiers that formed the firing team, who fired, used blank bullets. And that is why you watched the video and saw exactly what happened.” Also, under cross-examination by Ogunlana, Taiwo explained that in Phase Four military internal security operation “soldiers would be given both live and blank bullets.” He said, “In this particular case, we saw that the peaceful protest had been infiltrated by hoodlums.

They were peaceful protesters, no doubt, but there were also hoodlums who sought to take advantage, that was why they were armed with blank bullets in addition with live bullets.”

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APC considering Jonathan as Buhari’s predecessor

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A report claims legislators in the APC are now attempting to find an appropriate official competitor for the 2023 political race.

It was announced that an ongoing visit by APC to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan was partially political.

The visit by the APC lead representatives has again started with rumors about a Jonathan administration in 2023.

An arising report has asserted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is attempting to persuade a previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, to run for president on its foundation in 2023.

The report which was conveyed by This Day asserted that a few heads of the gathering have been constraining the previous president to think about the offer.

The paper expressed that a source who talked secretly said lead representatives on the foundation of the APC who visited Jonathan to congratulate with him on his 63 birthday commemoration, utilized the event to inconspicuously speak to their official proposition to him.

As indicated by the cases, Buhari’s partners accept that Jonathan would be innocuous to their gathering interest and as such the perfect individual to dominate if control somehow happened to move toward the South.

A source in Buhari’s camp who would not like to be recognized was cited to have stated:

“He handed over power peacefully and nursed no bitterness against anyone and therefore will not be a threat to the interest of the north. In any case, Jonathan has in the past denied any interest in challenging for the administration.

The previous president clarified that he was centered around his foundation.

Then, following the tumults by some geo-political zones to create the following leader of Nigeria, the legislative head of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has uncovered the characteristics of who might become President Buhari’s replacement.

Bello when speaking Channels TV on Thursday, November 20, said the PDP’s ambition to take back power is a “lofty dream” and ”castles in the air.”

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