As Manchester City celebrated, and some figures in Uefa raged, there were others within the governing body who were just relieved to see the back of this case.

That’s what a weight it had been. And it could have got even heavier, even had CAS upheld the two-year ban.

This result has prevented what might have been the most consequential legal case in sporting history, given City’s reported intention to go to the Swiss courts, and thereby might have preserved a very delicate balance of power in European football.

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