Manchester City were at the verge of missing out of the European Champions League some weeks ago, until a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
It could be recalled that Manchester City were hit with a two-year suspension from European football competitions in February, on account of serious breaches of club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.
However, City were adamant that they were not guilty of the charges by denying wrongdoing throughout the proceedings. They also went ahead to appeal the decision in June.
Luckily, the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, overturned the ban, but hit them with a fine of €10m as against the initial €30m from UEFA. This was followed by three days hearing by an investigative panel.
Notwithstanding, according to CAS, nine clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all filed an application to UEFA for City to be banned from European competitions.
Many have wondered on Twitter to this regard: Was it a pleasurable news to these clubs that City were facing an impending ban? What would have been the benefits