Sheffield United are the only other top ten Premier League club not to launch new legal attack on Manchester City appealing against their European ban.
In a statement move, the Daily Mail reports the other eight sides in English football’s top flight have grouped together and written to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Man City currently have an appeal lodged with the CAS over UEFA’s decision to ban them from European club competitions for the next two years.
The punishment was issued after City were found to have breached Financial Fair Play rules.
This group of eight clubs have all written to the same law firm with their objections. They, in turn, have passed it on to the CAS.
Their argument is that while the appeal is being heard, Man City’s ban should not be ‘stayed’. That means they should therefore not be allowed to play in the Champions League in 2020/21.
The fear is that, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic causing delay, the verdict may not be heard before next season’s competition starts. If that is the case, then the eight teams argue City should still not be allowed to take part.
Significant stance on Manchester City ban
The report says that this complaint shows the dim view that other Premier League sides have of Man City. They are apparently tired of the club continuously flouting the rules and getting away with it.
Yet the Blades do not want to back the complaint, despite the fact they could potentially benefit significantly from City being banned.
If the reigning champions aren’t allowed to play in Europe, then Champions League qualification will drop to fifth. The team finishing as low as eighth could therefore qualify for the Europa League.
United are currently in seventh position with 43 points from 28 matches. They have a game in hand over the teams directly above them. If they win that they would rise as high as fifth.