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Manchester City can expect to learn whether their appeal against their Champions League ban has been successful by mid-July. (stock photo)

Manchester City can expect to learn whether their appeal against their Champions League ban has been successful by mid-July. (stock photo)

Manchester City can expect to learn whether their appeal against their Champions League ban has been successful by mid-July. (stock photo)

Manchester City can expect to learn whether their appeal against their Champions League ban has been successful by mid-July.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced a provisional timeframe for their verdict yesterday after the conclusion of their three-day hearing.

Uefa, European football's governing body, handed City a two-year ban from European competition and a €30m (£26.7m) fine after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

City deny any wrongdoing and believe their body of "irrefutable" evidence will overturn Uefa's punishments at the highest court in international sport.

"The decision is expected to be issued during the first half of July 2020," a CAS statement read. "The exact date will be communicated in advance."

The timing of the announcement means that City will learn their fate before the final stages of the 2019-20 Champions League, which are expected to restart in August.

Pep Guardiola's side hold a first-leg lead over Real Madrid in their last-16 tie after winning 2-1 at the Bernabeu in March, shortly before European football's postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CAS said that both City and Uefa were satisfied with how the hearing had been conducted and confirmed Rui Botica Santos from Portugal, Professor Ulrich Haas of Germany and Andrew McDougall from France as the panel of arbitrators.

Belfast Telegraph