No one knows, or can even reasonably guess, what football will look like when it returns. There are too many unknowns right now. No one knows when—or even if—most domestic leagues will finish. And the prospect of concluding European competitions is even murkier.
However, when football—and European football—continues, some sides are reportedly insistent that something doesn’t get lost in the shuffle: namely Manchester City’s two-year European ban.
According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool and every other team currently in the top ten besides Manchester City and Sheffield United, have written the Court of Arbitration in order to prevent City from playing while their appeal is pending. At least, that’s the story according to an unnamed “source close to the situation.”
“The feeling is that enough is enough,” the unnamed source reportedly said. “For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.
“The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment.”
It would not be shocking that many teams in and around European spots, including Liverpool, would have strong feelings on the subject. The financial doping has directly cost teams trophies, inclusion in various competitions, and of course, money.
Obviously, the world has bigger fish to fry right now. It would be understandable if the Court of Arbitration doesn’t get around to hearing this case any time soon. And in light of this, it’s reasonable to assume that Liverpool and other clubs would want the original verdict to stand.
For all of these reasons, it is plausible that this, or something like this happened, despite the sketchy reporting and unnamed source. Regardless, whether true or not, it’ll likely take a long time to resolve.
At this rate, it might be a moot point. With international and domestic sporting events canceled left and right (for good reason), there’s a real possibility that there might not be a 2020/21 Champions League campaign.