Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed UEFA after Manchester City escaped a two-year European ban insisting the rules ‘needed a slap around the face’.
On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned City’s two-year European ban following a successful appeal. Initially, Pep Guardiola’s side had been handed a European ban for breaching FFP regulation, but the Citizens appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and subsequently had the bak taken away.
Neville criticized UEFA and their FFP model, insisting the government ‘simply cannot organize their own disciplinary measures.’
“UEFA can’t get a simple disciplinary hearing right – we’ve known that for years and years – and they’re certainly not going to be able to get something right that’s complex. It’s no surprise that in a serious court that Man City have won this case because UEFA are an organization that simply cannot organize their own disciplinary measures,” he told Sky Sports.
“The idea that they could take on a Manchester City legal machine that were going to throw everything at this and rightly so, not just because they’ve got the money but because they’re defending their reputation, they were always going to come unstuck.”
“I know that’s not what was being debated in the courtroom and legalities of it, but I don’t believe in FFP. I think FFP needed this slap around the face. I said a few months ago, FFP would have prevented Jack Walker doing what he did 30 years ago at Blackburn.”
“It’s fundamentally wrong that there are restrictions placed on owners to put money into football clubs. Whether it’s Chelsea, Man City or Blackburn, all those stories we’ve had in the Premier League over the last 20 years or so, the addition to challenging Manchester United, Arsenal and other clubs wouldn’t have happened if FFP had been implemented in its truest form.”
“I don’t believe it’s right. There has always been rich owners investing into football clubs and that won’t change today. FFP needs changing to a different model.”
A fine of £27m handed to the Premier League club was also reduced to £9m.