Jose Mourinho Brands CAS Decision on Manchester City ‘Disgraceful’

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 12, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to overturn Manchester City’s initial two-season ban from Champions League football in favour of an £8 million fine has certainly hit a nerve within the footballing world. Many assumed a ban was imminent and an example would be made of Manchester City. 

Jose Mourinho Among Those to Have Their Say on the CAS Decision

CAS in Hot Water

Instead, those expecting were left disappointed and astounded at the decision. Some even called the decision a loss for football. The La Liga President, Javier Tabas, went as far to say “CAS is not up to standard.”

And now, Jose Mourinho has had his say, stating the following in his latest press conference: “If Manchester City is not guilty, to be punished by millions is a disgrace. In the other way, if you’re guilty you should be banned. In any case, it’s a disaster.”  

The current Tottenham Hotspur manager then went onto call the decision “disgraceful” and says he believes that Financial Fair Play (FFP) is dead. UEFA certainly have a lot to think about after coming out of the battle with Manchester City on the losing side. The decision also gives the Premier League plenty to think about as they, despite the CAS ruling, continue their investigation.

Guardiola’s Response 

Amid all of the backlash to the decision made, Pep Guardiola has come out to defend Manchester City and hit back at the critics, saying: “We should be apologised to. We had the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct. If we had broken the rules, we’d be banned.”

The Manchester City manager then went onto send a message to the rest of the top six, saying: “I know for the elite clubs – Liverpool, [Manchester] United, Arsenal – are not comfortable with us being here. Guys accept it, we wanted to be here and we tried on the pitch. If you do not agree, knock on the door and speak to our chairman and CEO, don’t go whispering.”

It was a clear response of defiance from Pep Guardiola, who is feeling very much aggrieved despite avoiding a ban altogether.

 

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