Man City win appeal
One of the biggest stories of 2020 has, of course, been Manchester City’s European ban.
It was announced back in February that the Citizens had been banned from European competitions for the next two seasons by UEFA and handed a €30m fine after they were found to have ‘seriously misled European football’s governing body and broken financial fair play rules’.
Man City would, obviously, launch an appeal against UEFA’s decision to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).
The hearing was inevitably delayed due to Covid-19. However, after several months of waiting, City’s appeal was finally heard in June.
And in a result which will have no doubt pleased City, it was announced that the club’s European ban had been lifted and they instead simply had to pay a €10m fine.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Bayern chief calls for FFP to be taken more seriously
The online reaction, as showcased in the replies to Sky’s tweet detailing why City’s ban was lifted, was pretty hostile.
But it is not just fans who aren’t too pleased with the CAS’ verdict.
La Liga president Javier Tebas was quick to share his opinion on the matter, stating ‘CAS is dead’.
Now, Oliver Kahn, who joined Bayern Munich’s board in January and will take over as their chief executive next year, has also shared his thoughts on Man City and FFP, with the German calling for a clear and more serious FFP structure moving forward:
“I don’t know the situation exactly now in Man City or PSG or other clubs but I think we should take this FFP in the future more seriously.
“We need a clear structure and serious FFP so that we get more balanced competition.
“If in the future you only have the same clubs winning the Champions League or winning, for example, the Bundesliga or Premier League or other leagues, I think it’s getting a little bit boring.
“So, I think we should do everything to get really strong FFP.”
Quotes via the Mirror.
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