That appeal has led to the ban being overturned this morning, though an £8.9 million fine has still been imposed due to the lack of cooperation with the Uefa investigation.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship.
This is the removal of a safety net for United when it comes to Champions League qualification.
Emphatic and bullish. City said they were "disappointed but not surprised" by the punishment that emerged from a "prejudicial process" and welcomed the prospect of CAS considering a "comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence" in support of their case.
City welcomed the decision, which will have huge ramifications for the club's finances and potentially the future of manager Pep Guardiola and star players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
The ruling will have significant ramifications for City's future finances but also for head coach Pep Guardiola and star players such as former Wolfsburg forward Kevin De Bruyne and England global Raheem Sterling, who will be able to compete in the Champions League next season.
Pope has recorded a joint league-high 14 clean sheets this season, alongside Manchester City's Ederson, and has made a strong case to add to his two England caps.
UEFA released a statement reading that they had "taken note" of the ruling by CAS, before declaring they remain "committed" to its principles in ensuring clubs are financially sustainable and responsible.
CAS is yet to publish the full written reasons for its decision but stated most of the alleged breaches were "either not established or time-barred" due to a five-year limit in UEFA's regulations.
The system was used to ban several clubs, including Galatasaray in 2016, from one season of UEFA competitions. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.
UEFA said it remained committed to FFP.
City denied any wrongdoing and UEFA had previously signed off on the club's submitted accounts since 2014.
Now with City having there Champions League ban lifted, tonight's game for United is a must win if we want to get back playing in the champions league!