This morning we learned that Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
They came to the conclusion that City did not disguise equity funding but failed to co-operate with UEFA, meaning the punishment facing the Premier League is only a £10m fine.
The whistleblower, Rui Pinto, who exposed City to UEFA is currently in Portuguese jail.
United have respected the rules of FFP for years. If anything, we spend less than what we can afford to because the Glazer family take money out for their own benefits, rather than prioritising the club and ensuring the manager in question has better players to work with.
This means City will be allowed to play in the Champions League and it puts pressure on Chelsea, Leicester and maybe United to push it between now and the end of the season.
The Red Devils can jump to third in the Premier League tonight with a win over Southampton.
But United fans weren’t happy with the news concerning City, as seen below via Twitter:
Man City’s fine has been reduced to £10m. pic.twitter.com/32K6nxqiw4
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 13, 2020
Ed Woodward seeing FFP rules no longer apply: pic.twitter.com/9AYJw6wXXd
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) July 13, 2020
Now that we’re done with FFP, can we put actual rules in place preventing clubs being bled dry by their owners instead? Or actually stopping questionable takeovers?
It was never about protecting football clubs, let’s be honest. Just a rule to ring-fence the already established.
— Michael (@TFWriter) July 13, 2020
So Manchester City ban overturned. Huge blow against UEFA’s FFP regulations. #MUFC must finish in top four to qualify for Champions League through the Premier League. Keep wining + third is theirs.
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) July 13, 2020
Not great for FFP or the future of football. If you don’t have sanctions everyone breaks them. City were supremely confident ahead of the case… https://t.co/lpUEwjvvwC
— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) July 13, 2020
UEFA’s five-year time limit on taking action against alleged rule-breaking was perhaps a central factor in Man City’s confidence. Rules are rules and all that…
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) July 13, 2020
Well FFP is useless then. What a joke
— Elliott (@URelliott) July 13, 2020
We live in a football world which is spoilt, unaccountable and pretty unreliable from top to bottom.
FFP destroying it’s credibility.
— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) July 13, 2020
FFP is the most pointless thing ever.
— Connor. (@ConnMUFC) July 13, 2020
FFP no get meaning again
— Somtochukwu. (@somto_mufc) July 13, 2020
FFP rules out the window lol big clubs are gonna throw stupid amounts of cash at clubs for the big players now and there will be no repercussions. Just bribethe guys at UEFA and you’ll get a hefty fine at the most.
— Darren McKeown (@DarrenMUFC20) July 13, 2020
FFP is same useful as Man City’s history. https://t.co/nSyCSEvRYo
— Nafis (@nafisMUFC) July 13, 2020