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Will fifth place in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League following Man City’s CAS appeal verdict?

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MANCHESTER CITY will be playing Champions League football next season after their two-year ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

City have been ordered to pay a £10m fine for obstructing Uefa’s investigation but are otherwise in the clear.

 The ruling sees Man City banned from the CL for two years

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The ruling sees Man City banned from the CL for two yearsCredit: Reuters

But what does this mean for this year’s Premier League and that all-important fourth qualifying spot?

Will fifth place Premier League finish secure CL spot?

FOLLOWING Uefa’s ruling, Man City WILL be playing in the Champions League next season, having gained enough points to guarantee their spot.

But the fifth placed team in the Premier League will not now qualify for the competition with only the top four to make it, as would be the cae in any other season.

That team is currently Manchester United, but they have a game in hand on fourth placed Leicester and take on Southampton tonight.

 How the race for the top four looks with three games to go

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How the race for the top four looks with three games to go

Why were Man City banned from the Champions League?

CITY had been slapped with the sanction having been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body.

Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.

The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of emails and letters.

City were initially fined £49m for FFP breaches in 2014, although that was later reduced to £16m.

The club have always vehemently protest their innocence.

 The reigning Premier League champions have also been hit with a whopping £25m fine by Uefa

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The reigning Premier League champions have also been hit with a whopping £25m fine by UefaCredit: Getty Images

A statement from the club at the time said: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.

“The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.  The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

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Tottenham to meet with Napoli and Arkadiusz Milik’s agent in London TODAY

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Tottenham are reportedly set to meet with Napoli and Arkadiusz Milik’s agent in London today to negotiate a deal over the striker’s potential transfer.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring in a striker in the closing stages of the summer transfer window to provide back-up for England international Harry Kane.

And according to Calciomercato, both Tottenham and Napoli – plus Milik’s agent – will meet to try and thrash out a deal.

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham this summer

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham this summer

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham this summer

The Poland striker appeared to be on his way to Roma this summer, signing on loan with an obligation to buy for £16.5m plus up to £6m in add-ons and bonuses.

However, that move collapsed after Milik took too long to come to an agreement over his departure from the Serie A outfit.

There are reportedly a number of issues that need to be resolved between the player and the club, regarding outstanding wages, fines and image rights. 

Reports suggest that if Tottenham were to launch an offer of £17.5m plus £6m in bonuses, then a deal could be struck this summer.

Milik joined Napoli back in 2016 from Dutch side Ajax, and has gone on to feature 122 times for the club – scoring 48 goals and providing five assists.  

Jose Mourinho is looking to sign a striker this summer to provide back-up for Harry Kane

Jose Mourinho is looking to sign a striker this summer to provide back-up for Harry Kane

Jose Mourinho is looking to sign a striker this summer to provide back-up for Harry Kane

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Torino still battling Atletico Madrid for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira’s signature

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Torino are still in the hunt for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira despite Atletico Madrid‘s heavy interest, according to reports.

Torreira has fallen out of favour at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta and he could be on his way out this summer in order to raise vital transfer funds.

And according to Sport Italia and Calciomercato, Serie A outfit Torino are still very much in the hunt for the Uruguayan despite Atletico currently winning the race for his signature. 

Lucas Torreira has fallen out of favour at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and may be on his way out

Lucas Torreira has fallen out of favour at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and may be on his way out

Lucas Torreira has fallen out of favour at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and may be on his way out

It has also been reported that Torino directors are currently in London to negotiate a deal with Arsenal.

Once both sides can thrash out a deal, perhaps on loan with an obligation to buy, reports suggest agreeing personal terms should be relatively straight-forward. 

Torreira enjoyed his best spell of football under Marco Giampaolo at Sampdoria and is now interested in a reunion at Torino. 

The Uruguayan midfielder is reportedly keen to reunite with Torino boss Marco Giampaolo

The Uruguayan midfielder is reportedly keen to reunite with Torino boss Marco Giampaolo

The Uruguayan midfielder is reportedly keen to reunite with Torino boss Marco Giampaolo

The 24-year-old burst onto the scene in some style in north London but he now appears to be out of the picture under Arteta.

Torreira hasn’t even made the bench for the Gunners in their opening two Premier League matches against Fulham and West Ham.

Arsenal may look to cash-in on Torreira to give them a spending boost in the summer transfer window, as they eye moves for top targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

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Premier League clubs ‘expected’ to help bail out smaller clubs as fans banned from stadiums until next year

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MINISTERS “expect” Premier League clubs to help smaller clubs after fans were banned from stadiums until next year.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month.

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Football fans have been banned from stadiums until next year

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Football fans have been banned from stadiums until next yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Now the Government has asked the wealthier outfits to step in while it negotiates a wider bailout to the sports industry.

Clubs in the lower ­leagues face a turbulent financial future as, unlike Premier League giants, they rely on ticket sales.

Under the PM’s new Covid plans, pilots allowing 1,000 fans into EFL matches are ditched.

Sports bodies want the Government to support the industry as it did with the arts, which was given access to a £1.57billion package.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to “identify ways we can support sport”.

Today the Premier League said they were “disappointed” fans would not be allowed in next month and said stadiums were safer than many other public spaces.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month

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Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next monthCredit: Sky News
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to 'identify ways we can support sport'

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to ‘identify ways we can support sport’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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RICH Premier League clubs should bail out lower league outfits facing Covid oblivion.

They are not just the lifeblood of their communities. They and their players are, in part, the lifeblood of the Prem too.

Some have rich owners, who must dig deep now that they are facing a season without fans. But many teams don’t. 

It would be a calamity to let them fail through no fault of their own.

A few, admittedly, are badly run — and the Prem would need strict guarantees on how a £200million donation would be spent by the 72 EFL clubs. 

Some people will say the Government should step in. But it cannot bail out every industry. That way lies ruin. In football’s case there’s another solution.

It’s right for wealthy Prem giants to fund a rescue. It’s in the national interest and their own too.

In a statement they said: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

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