Liam Gallagher tweets foul-mouth reaction to Man City’s Champions League ban as club are set to lose up to £150m over two seasons
Feb. 15, 2020
Liam Gallagher responded in typical fashion to fans on social media trying to wind him up about Manchester City’s Champions League ban.
There would have been no morning glory for City fans today after they were hit with a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League on Friday evening, over serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
The reigning Premier League champions will be allowed to continue their current Champions League campaign, as they prepare to face Real Madrid in the last-16 at the end of February.
It appears City know the importance of NOT being idle , though, and have confirmed they will appeal against the punishment at the Court of Arbitration for Sport ‘at the earliest opportunity’.
But if it stands, the club will be excluded from European football for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
The shock news has thrown the futures of Guardiola and the club’s top players into huge doubt. With fears of a mass exodus of their manager and his superstar squad, supporters will be pleading, ‘ don’t go away’ and ‘ stand by me’ .
But it appears lifelong City supporter and British rock legend Gallagher, who is currently on tour in Europe, is not worried. ‘ Whatever ’… some might say .
When asked by one of his Liverpool-supporting fans for his reaction to the ban, the former Oasis frontman eloquently replied: “F**k that s**t man we’ll smash the C**TZ in court!”
Then, asked by a – probably celebrating – Manchester United fan how he’d feel about City ‘playing in League Two’, Gallagher said: “Don’t be f**king stupid.”
Despite Gallagher’s bravado – we think he’s actually crying his heart out at the news… – there’s plenty to fear for Manchester City supporters in light of the ban.
Participation in the Champions League is worth about £77.5m to the club per season, so they are set to lose out on more than £150m across the two years of their suspension.
However, the financial implications are arguably the least of City’s worries.
Compared to potentially losing manager Pep Guardiola and a raft of their top players – will they stick around when they could be playing at the top level in Europe elsewhere? – missing out on £150m is not going to mean much to their mega-rich owners.
Their European exile will also harm their chances of going deeper in the competition when they return, as their loss of coefficient point will mean they will be a lower seeded team and would likely he handed a tougher route.
Man City supporters’ club chief ‘expects loyalty from Pep Guardiola and players’ after Champions League ban
It appears Gallagher is confident his team will survive, though, and talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino also believes Guardiola and some of City’s big names will remain loyal to the club.
“I don’t believe Pep Guardiola will walk away from City,” said the former Chelsea striker on the Weekend Sports Breakfast .
“I feel he’s a very loyal guy. I think it’s more likely the players [will go] than Pep, because the players will have agents, they will look at their career and at the importance of playing Championship League football and I think they could rock the boat and want to leave the club.
“But I still think he’s assembled a very loyal group. Kevin De Bruyne comes across to me as a guy I think would stay. Whether Sergio Aguero would do, because of his age, I’m not so sure.
“But I think the players will be a far bigger issue than Pep Guardiola.”