Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Man City will beat European ban in the courts
Feb. 17, 2020
Gary Neville thinks Man City will be able to overturn UEFA’s decision to ban them from European competitions.
City were handed a two-year ban from European football following breaches of financial fair play rules as well as a £25million fine. They have launched an appeal the to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Former Manchester United defender and joint-owner of Salford City Neville took issue with the FFP rules and backed the current Premier League champions to beat ‘hopeless’ UEFA.
He told Sky Sports: “If owners sign up to contracts or allow contracts to be signed under their ownership, they should have money in place to fulfil those contracts and I think Man City’s owners have got that.
“I think City will beat UEFA. UEFA, I have no faith in them whatsoever. I think essentially they are a hopeless organisation who will just apply what would be erratic disciplinary sanctions for different things and I think City will beat them in the courts.
“I think it will get stuck in the courts for some time, but I think City will win in the end.”
Jamie Carragher also questioned the timing of the decision by UEFA.
Pep Guardiola’s side face Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the tournament later this month.
The former Liverpool defender said: “I can’t believe they are in the competition now. What would happen if City win this competition this season?
“They are the favourites for it, one of the best teams in Europe and it would make a mockery of the competition.
“UEFA will be desperate for Man City to get beat by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. Can you imagine people from UEFA having to give the cup in Istanbul to a Man City player?
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“The first question Pep would get asked after the game is it a fake win? They will be asked questions about the merits of the club and competition. They are in the competition now and if they win it, it will almost be tainted.
“It is the biggest thing any club team can win, but the things that will be thrown at Pep Guardiola five minutes later in a press conference and at his players will be should they be in the competition?
“I think for UEFA, they should have either taken Man City out of the competition right now or left this decision until the end of the season.”
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