City was originally punished by UEFA, the governing body of European football, for “serious violations” of club licensing and financial fair play (FFP) rules and has been excluded from competitions Europeans for two seasons.
However, after considering the club’s appeal, the Sports Arbitral Tribunal (CAS) overturned the ban on Monday, saying the city had not broken the rules by disguising sponsorship equity financing.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was one of several players to criticize the decision on Tuesday, arguing the importance of respecting the rules of the FFP.
“The FFP is a good idea. He is there to protect the teams and the competition so that nobody spends too much and has to make sure that the money he wants to spend is based on the right sources. ”
“It is not for me to judge this and I do not do it, but I think that this FFP framework to which we should stick. “
Although its ban was lifted, it was decided that City had not cooperated with the UEFA authorities and an initial fine of 30 million euros ($ 34 million) was reduced to 10 million (11 , $ 3 million).
The move angered Tottenham director Jose Mourinho, who said the latest decision marked the end of FFP rules as we know them.
“In any case, it is a shameful decision because if City is not guilty, they should not be punished with the fine,” he said at a virtual press conference.
“If you are not guilty, you should not have a fine. If they are guilty, the decision is also a shame and they should be banned from competition. I don’t know if City is guilty or not but it is a shameful decision anyway. ”
“I think it will be the end of financial fair play because it is useless. I would like this to be used appropriately.
“Right now, we’re talking about Man City, but in the past, other clubs were in a similar situation.
“I think it’s better to open the door to the circus and let everyone have fun. ”
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City has consistently pleaded innocent since being banned in February, initially calling the UEFA process “flawed.”
Manager Pep Guardiola said the club is now very happy to see the ban lifted and suggested that it deserved an apology from those responsible, including longtime rival Mourinho.
« Jose [Mourinho] and all managers should know that we have been damaged. We have to apologize [to] “He said Tuesday at a press conference.
“As I have said on several occasions, if we have done something wrong, we will absolutely accept the decisions of UEFA and the CAS because we have done something wrong.
“We have the right to defend ourselves when we think that what we have done is correct, it is true. Three independent judges said so.
“Yesterday was a good day for football because we play with the same FFP rules as all the clubs in Europe. All. ” [If] we break this FFP, we will be banned. ”
City will now have the chance to play in the Champions League next season, the only major trophy to have escaped Guardiola during his stay at the club.
In this season’s competition, City will face Real Madrid next month in the round of 16 after beating Los Blancos 2-1 in the first leg. The winner of this tie will face Lyon or Juventus in the quarterfinals.
Another turn in the acquisition of Newcastle
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has banned beIN Sport from broadcasting Premier League games in the country at a time when the country’s public investment fund is involved in a proposed takeover of Newcastle.
The Saudi government claims that beIN Sport, owned by Qatar, “has abused its dominant position through several monopolistic practices”.
The decision to ban the broadcaster means that there is no legitimate way for the people of Saudi Arabia to watch the EPL games and has caused even more confusion in the takeover saga that has been brewing for months.
The hope was that the new owners would propel Newcastle to the top of English football, following the trend established by Chelsea and Manchester City, both of which were bought by billionaires.