Manchester City have launched an appeal against their two-year Champions League ban and £25million fine.
The Premier League champions were slapped with the punishment by Uefa after being found guilty of “cynical” attempts to deceive their financial chiefs.
An investigation was launched following claims City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.
It stemmed following the Football Leaks document full of City emails, documents and financial records.
City have made it no secret of their intention to fight the decision by launching an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
And CAS have today released a statement revealing that City have made their move.
When the threat of a ban was mooted during the investigation, the leaked emails included one from City legal head Simon Cliff.
It suggested club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak threatened then-Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino that he would play hardball.
The future decision could have a huge impact on what happens at Man City for years to come.
Manager Pep Guardiola's contract expires in the summer of 2021 although he vowed to stay at the Etihad.
And top players such as Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne may believe their futures belong elsewhere in search of Champions League glory.