Jose Mourinho slams CAS decision to overturn Manchester City Europe ban
Manchester City had been handed a two-year ban from European competitions because of an alleged breach of Financial Fair Play rules. The Cityzens appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS), who overturned the ban this Monday. In addition, their initial fine of £26.8m fine was reduced to £8.9m. (h/t Mirror)
And Mourinho, who was left flummoxed by the decision, has branded it a disaster. (h/t Mirror)
“It’s a disgraceful decision. If City are not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace. If you’re not guilty you’re not punished. In the other way, if you’re guilty you should be banned. So it’s also a disgraceful decision.
In any case, it’s a disaster. If you’re not guilty, you don’t pay. I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not but either way, it’s a disgraceful decision.”
Mourinho is very much right in questioning the legitimacy of the decision. If the outgoing Premier League champions were not guilty at all, then there shouldn’t have been a need to fine them.
And if they are guilty and have been handed a fine, then it makes absolutely no sense for them be allowed to play in Europe next season.
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Nevertheless, the CAS has made their decision. And Manchester City, considering that they are nailed on to finish second in the Premier League this term, will be playing in the Champions League next season.
Kudos to FFP and UEFA! What a joke!