Guardiola sets Premier League record with 111th Manchester City win

Ross Houston
July 16, 2020

Manchester City saw their ban overturned on Monday as their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was successful. Financial Fair Play (FFP) is a good idea and it was there to protect teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and clubs have to make sure the money they want to spend is from the right sources.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to overturn Manchester City's two-year ban from European football was "not a good day for football", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in a virtual press conference yesterday.

"Now we cannot go anywhere, we realise how nice it would be that we can start doing this again, the tours and all of this because it's important for the club, it's important for the fan base and it's exciting as well", said Klopp. I'm not saying Man City is guilty. If we did something wrong we would accept, absolutely, the decisions from UEFA and CAS.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho labeled the decision "disgraceful".

"There are some rules and we should try to stick to it".

"We don't expect other clubs to defend us, but we have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we've done is correct - and three independent judges said this".

As for the player, he now earns €6m/year in Naples, and believe he will "further improve" his financial situation by going above €10m/year at City. "The people who said we were cheating and lying, presumption of innocence was not there".

FFP, like Klopp said, has brought financial stability to many clubs and leagues and it is rare clubs are now going out of business.

"But they lost off the pitch".

"Now it seems that Manchester City are charity's little sister and that they haven't signed players - they are the club, alongside PSG, who have signed the most", Tebas continued.

UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and failed to cooperate with its investigation, handing them a ban and a fine of 30 million euros.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has downplayed any speculation that the newly-crowned Premier League champions will go out and spend this summer to strengthen the squad, saying it will be hard to sign top players due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

Tebas went on to take more swipes at clubs like Manchester City and PSG on how they do their business.

"They won't have 10 or 12 games less now - no other team would have had a chance in the (Premier) league", he said. One year for a manager is a long, long time.

"Some people here in England suggested we should play in League Two, so I would have stayed here".

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