Manchester City will be able to play in the UEFA Champions League in the next two years. UEFA, through a provision of the Financial Control Chamber, had in fact excluded the English club for the next two editions of the European cups for repeated and serious violations of the Financial Fair Play, but the Citizens managed by Josep Guardiola had immediately resorted to the CAS in Lausanne .
CAS expressed itself reversing the sentence for lack of clear evidence on the violations. The provision for exclusion from the cups was therefore inappropriate. Readmission then to European cups and fine reduced from 30 to 10 million euros.
UEFA, with an official note published on its website, confirms that: "It takes note and will not send further comments on this procedure." Manchester City reached the second place in the English Premier Division, tournament won by Liverpool FC, 30 years after last time.
City will have to play the return match of the best-16 of the UEFA Champions League 2020. In teh First match players managed by Pep Guardiola won 2-1 against Real Madrid CF, at the Santiago bernabeu Stadium, in Madrid.
The reactions to the news
"The CAS ruling over Manchester City? A shame," said José Mourinho, manager of Tottenham Hotspurs in a press conference.
The Portuguese commented on the decision to lift the exclusion from the European cups for two years and the reduction of the fine from 30 to 10 million euros, initially imposed by the UEFA control chamber for serious and repeated violations of Financial Fair Play: "It's a shameful decision because if the City aren't guilty of this then they don't have to be sanctioned with 10 million.
If you're not guilty you don't have to be fined. If they're guilty the decision is still a shame why you should be excluded from any competition. I know if Manchester City is guilty or not, but in any case it's a shameful decision.
I think it's the end of Financial Fair Play. " Also Pep Guardiola, manager of the City and historical rival of José Mourinho, talked about the issue on the eve of the match against Bournemouth, also commenting on his future: "Now is not the time to talk about contracts.
I still have a year and it is a long time for a manager. I was happy before, I am happy now and I would have stayed anyway. I love being here, we will have time to talk about it. " Guardiola is a goal of Juventus FC of Barcelona FC.