In February, Pep Guardiola’s side were slapped with a two-year suspension from all UEFA competitions but the club immediately challenged the decision, expressed confidence that an impartial judgement would clear their name and so “in the first instance” commenced proceedings with CAS.
Other options are available for either party if they do not feel satisfied by Monday’s verdict, namely the Swiss federal court. Realistically though, this rarely happens because it requires a serious error from CAS and generally that simply doesn’t happen. Even if the decision is appealed against, the chances of success are extremely low based on past cases.
“[The ability to appeal] very much depends on the actual decision and whether the decision breaches procedural and/or substantive matters,” explained Gregory Ioannidis, a leading sports lawyer who teaches at Sheffield Hallam University.
“From my experience before CAS, this is highly unlikely. Although parties have the option to appeal further to the Swiss Federal Court, such appeal may be limited only on procedural aspects. CAS judgements are rarely reversed by the Swiss Federal Court and such CAS decisions are usually solid.”
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