“It feels like the world is against us”: Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, insists that club “has tried to be modest” with huge investments from Sheikh Mansour and urges Pep Guardiola players to not to be distracted by misery in the field
- Micah Richards has defended Manchester City in the midst of their two-year UEFA ban
- City was banned for not complying with the rules of Financial Fair Play
- Richards, who played for City for 10 years, said the world is against City
- The Englishman also insisted that players should not be distracted by the ruling
Micah Richards defended Manchester City after his former club received a ban from the European Football Association of UEFA, making the future of the club uncertain.
The Premier League champions discovered last Friday that they would miss the next two Champions League competitions after the football board determined that the club had broken the rules of Financial Fair Play.
City has expressed the intention to appeal the ruling, bringing the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with club heads hoping the decision will be set aside.
Micah Richards said the whole world is against Manchester City after UEFA banned the club
City received a two-year ban on European football because of violations of the Financial Fair Play rules
And Richards, who spent ten years with City from 2005 to 2015, has launched a fervent defense of his former club over the ruling.
“Sometimes it feels like the world is against us. The money that Sheikh Mansour has invested has been like being the new Manchester United since it arrived, “he said on Sky Sports.
“We tried to be humble with the money spent in City, but sometimes it feels like everyone is against us.”
Richards (right) spent ten years in City and has launched a fervent defense of his former club
Pep Guardiola, the city manager, also praised the professionalism of his players this week
After the UEFA decision, there are doubts about the future of some star players from City and manager Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard has reportedly told his players that he will stay with the club and has challenged them to prove that they are talent, not money. Richards said that the side of Guardiola will not be distracted by the problems outside the field.
“I don’t think it will be too hard to focus,” he added. “It is clearly a two-year ban, but City immediately came out and said they would appeal.
‘These players are strong enough, they have the character and they know they have to do their job on the field. Don’t think about things outside the field, City disputes it and they are all entitled to it. “