“They’ve bought all my players!” Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pulls out to Manchester City after their European ban on financial fair play offenses and says clubs must “win by respecting the rules”
- Arsene Wenger says that Man City “bought all his players” when he was Arsenal boss
- He criticized the club after being punished by UEFA for financial fair play
- City will appeal a ruling to ban them from European competitions for two years
- Wenger said that City should be punished if they are found guilty of breaking the rules
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken an excavation in Manchester City after being banned from all UEFA competitions for breaches of financial fair play regulations.
The Frenchman has traditionally been critical of City and their high spending and accused them of “financial doping” after signing some of his top stars in the last decade, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna .
City has spent a lot on transfers since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008, and Wenger renewed his criticism of the club in the wake of their ban and £ 25 million, and told the Laureus Sports Awards: “City has bought all my players!”
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has criticized Man City after their European ban by UEFA
Samir Nasri was one of the five Arsenal stars who joined City in five years when he signed £ 25 million in 2011
Emmanuel Adebayor left North London to Manchester for a transfer of £ 25 million in 2009
MANCHESTER CITY ARSENAL OF TALENT
Emmanuel Adebayor: 2009 (£ 25m)
Kolo Toure: 2009 (£ 14 million)
Gael Clichy: 2011 (£ 7 million)
Samir Nasri: 2011 (£ 25 million)
Bacary Sagna: 2014 (free)
The Frenchman believes that the final table in the top competitions ‘is linked to the amount that money clubs spend’ and wants teams to show more respect for the rules by competing fairly.
“I believe sport is about trying to win by respecting the rules,” he added. “We celebrate the best in every sport – but only if we know that the winners respect the rules.
“If there is no respect, it is not a real sport. The table is always linked to the amount of money that clubs spend on players. “
Wenger said he was a strong advocate of restrictions on free spending to prevent teams from gaining too much power and that City would be “punished” if it appears that they have broken rules.
Man City officials will appeal against their punishment to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Wenger believes that Man City should be punished if it appears that they have broken the rules
‘I was always in favor of financial control of clubs and income that is not natural. I am also convinced that the rules still have to evolve into something better – but at the moment they are what they are.
“If it is proven that this happened on purpose, City cannot go unpunished. I do not know the case well enough to say what kind of punishment should be imposed. “
The 70-year-old, now working as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, briefly stopped calling City’s Premier League titles to remove, but expressed fears that the gap between “large and smaller clubs” was widening.
“I don’t know if the intention is to take away the title of City, because I don’t know the rules well enough.
“But the difference between the big and the smaller clubs has grown – and we can now accurately predict what will happen in each competition.”