Arsene Wenger slams Man City following Champions League ban by the UEFA for the next 2 seasons and believes they should be punished.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has no sympathy for the punishment sentenced unto Manchester City by the FIFA having breached their financial fair play rules. The Frenchman believes that if proven guilty, the club should be punished in order to maintain the sanctity of the game.
During his time as Arsenal manager, Wenger had accused Manchester City of financial doping. Years later, nothing has changed. Wenger had a scathing yet honest review of the reigning Premier League champion’s current situation.
Arsene Wenger slams Man City following Champions League ban
Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards in Berlin, Wenger said:
“I have always advocated respecting the rules and forcing clubs to work according to the real income they have. The rules are what they are and must be respected.”
“People who are caught trying to get around the rules in more or less legal ways have to be punished, if it is proven that this has been done on purpose.
Wenger was at the helm when City began their journey to the top. In fact, a lot of former Arsenal players such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri swapped the Emirates Stadium for the Etihad. This is clearly something Wenger still resents them for.
“They bought all my players” he said.
“The sport is trying to make the rules respected. If there’s no respect for them, it’s not a real sport.
“When you participate in a competition like the Champions League, you know you’re there because you’ve followed the rules. “
Manchester City have stated that they will appeal UEFA’s sentence. However, should the CAS upheld UEFA’s decision, the club run the risk of losing their best players who may seek opportunities where they could play the Champions League.
There have been talks of Pep Guardiola looking to end his contract with the club and move to another league. However, according to BBC sport, the Spaniard intends to stay with the club despite the ban.
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