Chelsea have reportedly joined forces with seven other top Premier League clubs in a bid to keep Manchester City’s two-season European competition ban in place.
Joint forces of every club who currently occupy the top half of the Premier League table – with the exceptions of Manchester City and Sheffield United – have submitted an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have each reportedly written to the same law firm which then sent an application to the arbitration body.
Pep Guardiola’s men are facing two seasons without European football after being found breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations by allegedly overstating sponsorship deals (the Guardian).
Manchester City have previously lodged an appeal to CAS, but the pandemic crisis caused a delay to the hearing.
The report claimed these clubs are against a potential delay to the ban while Manchester City’s appeal is ongoing. The reigning champions have yet to lodge an appeal, the report said.
A vacant Champions League spot due to Manchester City’s ban and self-interest could play a major part in Chelsea’s reported stance.