Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to be part of a group of teams who have submitted a joint application to ensure that Manchester City are not allowed to play in Europe while they appeal their ban.
The Daily Mail have reported that eight out of England’s current top 10 – with the exception of Manchester City and Sheffield United – have joined together to submit an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Following a two-year ban from European competitions for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, the club fought back with an appeal which will have to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It is said that the group have separately written to the same law firm, which has subsequently sent an application to the arbitration body.
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With clubs fighting for possible Champions League qualification, it is no surprise to see them do their best to get the club banned from Europe as it could open a lot of opportunities both performatively and financially.
Pep Guardiola’s side were banned from Europe’s biggest competition for two years and fined £25m by UEFA for breaching the FFP rules.
They have since denied any wrongdoing and appealed instantly.
For Wolves, it suits them down to the ground if Manchester City cannot compete in that competition.
Firstly, other clubs in the Premier League will obviously want to see punishment for not adhering to the rules as it means it has given them an advantage over the other sides.
Secondly, with Manchester City winning two titles in a row with eye-watering points tallies, if you take away Champions League football then their team will naturally deteriorate due to them being a much less attractive prospect. So naturally, Wolves would be more likely to catch or overtake them.
And finally, in the short-term, it could mean Champions League for the club next season. If fifth place gets a place in the competition, then Wolves are just two points shy off qualifying, which is probably their main motivator right now.