UEFA President asked if he supports Man City’s Champions League ban. The CAS have confirmed a 3-day hearing scheduled to begin on 8th June.
Reigning Premier League Champions currently face the probability of missing out on Champions League football for a couple of seasons after they were handed a 2-year ban, as well as a €30million fine, for ‘serious breaches’ of the FFP rules.
Man City have maintained their innocence through the charges and will battle the UEFA starting next month, June 8th, in a 3-day hearing scheduled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin however, is rather tight-lipped regarding the situation at hand.
UEFA President asked if he supports Man City’s Champions League ban
When asked if he supported the sanctions made against Manchester City, Ceferin told the Guardian: “Look, the decision was made and now the case is at the court of arbitration for sport and Cas will decide. That’s absolutely all I can say, for two reasons.
“Firstly, the independent bodies made the decision, I didn’t, and secondly, I really don’t know the case [well enough] and I don’t like people who comment about matters that they don’t know well. There are too many people commenting on different topics that they do not have a clue about.”
When asked if the case could be settled outside of court, he responded:
“I don’t want to comment on this case any more.”
Ceferin admitted that the regulations could change in the future; potentially including a ‘luxury tax’.
“If they don’t follow the rules they will always be sanctioned but of course we are [always] thinking about how we can improve our regulations and, if necessary, adapt to new times,” added Ceferin.
“This will not happen very soon but we are thinking of improving [FFP]; modernising it and doing something more about the competitive balance. We are also considering some sort of “luxury tax”, if it is possible.
“So, there are many ideas. But trust me, during these difficult times we have stopped thinking more or less about changes that will happen in the future. Now we have to steer our ship on to the right course and we are close to doing it. Then, when things calm down, we will go back to the old tasks.”
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