By Mwireri Muriithi
The ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports on Monday 13th July 2020 has re-ignited the battle for the top four positions in the English Premier League (EPL).
Manchester City was facing a two-season ban from European Competition which made the club ineligible to play Champions League next season.
Currently, only six points are separating third from seven position. Many fans, especially, the Red Devils were hoping the ban imposed by UEFA on City would not be lifted.
However, on Monday night, Manchester United was held by Southampton on a 2-2 draw denying them the chance to climb to position three. They are placed at position five.
Initially, the ban imposed on City meant that the fifth-placed team would qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Instead, after the ruling Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield are now eying for the remaining two slots in the top four.
With only three games remaining to the end of the season, it will be interesting to see who will ultimately qualify for the Champions League next season. Manchester City has welcomed the ruling that will significantly impact on its activities as well as key players like Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.
City qualified for the Champions League for the 10th consecutive season by hammering Brighton 5-0 on Saturday.