Klopp, Mourinho label CAS decision to lift City ban not good for football and a disgrace
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho have label CAS decision to lift City ban as not good for football and a disgrace.
Manchester City was initially banned by UEFA for breaching a transfer rule but months after the ban the Court of Arbitration for Sports reversed the ban asking the Citizen to pay a fine instead of serving the initial ban of not participating champions league football for two seasons.
Jurgen Klopp while reacting to the news said it was bad day for football.
“From a personal point of view, I’m happy that they can play UCL next year because if I think about the league, if City have 10-12 games less, I don’t think anybody has a chance. But I don’t think yesterday was a good day for football.”
Tottenham manager also said: “I think it’s going to be the end of the Financial Fair Play, because there is no point.
“If City are not guilty, the decision is a disgrace. If City are guilty, the decision is also a disgrace.
“It’s a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty of it then you are not punished with £10m.
“If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition.
“I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not, but either way it’s a disgraceful decision.”
Asked if he believes there needs to be FFP, and if so how would he see it enforced, he added: “I would like to see Financial Fair Play in the proper way.
“I would like to see City considered not guilty and not pay one single pound, or to be considered guilty and to be banned.
“But, in this moment we are speaking about Man City, where in the past other clubs have been in a similar situation and you know the results of it.
“So I think it’s better to open the circus door and let everybody enjoy and go inside for free, do it all with freedom.”
Klopp added that while the decision is good for Liverpool ‘on a personal level’, he has questioned where it leaves FFP going forward.
“I don’t think it was a good day for football, to be honest,” said the Reds boss.
“FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.
“I’m from Germany, we have a club basis not an owner one. You have to get your licence every year. FFP is a good idea – but it’s not up to me to judge it [the City decision] I just think we should all stick to FFP rules. I really hope it stays. It gives some borders.
“If the richest clubs and countries can do what they want to do, then that makes it difficult. That would lead to a world league, it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs.”