Thursday, February 22, 2024

UEFA President stands by guilty verdict for Manchester City

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has stood by the guilty verdict delivered for Manchester City saying the governing body was right to investigate them.

The Premier League leaders had been found guilty of breaking the Financial Fair Play (FFP) with the initial punishment being a two-year ban from playing the Champions League, a decision that was overturned following a successful appeal.

Just like other European clubs, Manchester City is facing immense scrutiny over its profitability and sustainability, factors that have seen Everton and Nottingham Forest face the law.

Everton which had already been deducted 10 points is once again on the radar and so if Nottingham with the punishment set to be confirmed.

Unlike the two, City’s charge sheet is heavier and the punishment could range from point deduction, surrender of major trophies or demotion from the Premier League.

“We know we were right,” he said in an interview with the Telegraph. “We wouldn’t decide if we didn’t think we were right. As a trial lawyer for 25 years, I know that, sometimes, you win a case that you are sure you will lose. And, sometimes, you lose a case when you’re sure. You just simply have to respect in a serious democracy the decision of the court.

I don’t want to speak about the case in England. But I trust that the decision of our independent body was correct. I didn’t enter into this decision.” said the UEFA President

A punishment for City is a boost for many clubs who gain a better position of the table and better chances of clinching the Premier League tittle without much pressure.

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