The entire Premier League top 10 - with the exception of Sheffield United - have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to stop Manchester City attempting to play in Europe while their appeal against a two-year ban is ongoing. That’s according to the Mail Sport
The move is a significant development. It provides a clear indication of the position that the rest of the top flight’s leading clubs have privately taken over City’s behavior.
And quite frankly. It’s massively hypocritical. It is as if City are the only club to spend money in the past decade. City don’t even have a record transfer and United, Chelsea and more continually spend as much and sometimes more than City.
This is another case of the “big boys” being threatened by a newly rich club. It’s surprising Chelsea, who faced something similar after Roman Abramovic’s take over, are supporting this letter. It’s difficult to tell who led the clubs in this bid, but one thing is clear, they are fed up with City.
Where we go from here is anybody’s guess. The global pandemic has effectively shut everything across wide parts of Europe down and that includes courts. That being said, this letter should not have and effect on CAS eventual ruling. It would be unfair to, given those clubs gained competitive advantage for them.
We will see what the future brings.