Manchester City have had their two-year ban from Uefa competitions overturned after a successful appeal.

They had initially been issued the ban in February as a result of breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The breaches were said to have taken place between 2012 and 2016.

However, that has since been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. They have also had their fine reduced from 30 million Euros to 10 million Euros.

BBC Sport reports that Uefa are unlikely to appeal the decision.

It means that Man City are now cleared to play in the Champions League next season. They are guaranteed to finish second in the Premier League this term and therefore qualify.

This will have a knock-on effect on all those sides hoping to qualify for Europe in 2019/20. Which includes Sheffield United.

How Manchester City ban being overturned affects the Blades

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It was previously reported that, if City were banned but still finished in the top four, then fifth place would qualify for the Champions League in their place.

It could also have seen as low as eighth qualifying for the Europa League, depending on who won the domestic cups.

That is no longer the case, with champions Liverpool and Man City guaranteed to be in the Champions League in 2020/21. Who joins them in third and fourth remains undecided. It looks most likely to be a three-way tussle between Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United.

That means that fifth will qualify for the Europa League, as will sixth because City have already won the Carabao Cup. Rules dictate the winner of that competition qualifies, unless they qualify for the Champions League instead by finishing in the top four.

The Blades are currently seventh. That could be good enough for the Europa League, but only if a club already qualified for the Champions League wins the FA Cup.

That would happen if Man City triumph. They are among the semi-finalists, along with top four hopefuls Chelsea and Man United.

City face Arsenal, who are currently ninth in the table. They may well need to win the FA Cup to qualify for Europe next season.

What we do know is eighth will definitely no longer be good enough for a European spot. The Blades are still very much in contention, but can only guarantee their place by finishing sixth or above.

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