Man Utd hero Rio Ferdinand reacts to Man City’s Champions League ban in amusing fashion
Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand laughed at Manchester City’s two-season ban from UEFA competitions on Friday night before offering a more considered reaction to the news. City were handed their sentence from Europe’s governing body after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play.
UEFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body stated on Friday that “having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016”.
The statement continued: “The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB.
“The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of €30 million (£25m).”
Following the news, Ferdinand quote-tweeted BT Sport’s post with the comment “What a shame……” which was accompanied with a laughing face emoji.
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The former centre-back’s replies were filled with vitriol, chiefly from City fans who predicted that they will still enjoy more success than United in the coming years.
Ferdinand followed up his initial comment with a more considered tweet on Saturday morning, though.
“Huge admiration for Pep [Guardiola] & the #MCFC city team with some friends behind the scenes,” he wrote.
“In all seriousness will be interesting to see what happens at the appeal process! 5th place in the @premierleague has just got very interesting!”
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Indeed, if City’s ban is upheld and they finish in the top four then the league’s fifth-placed side will take their spot in the Champions League.
City have opposed the punishment dealt to them and will appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” read a club statement.
“The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
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“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.
“The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
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