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Jose Mourinho strikes against the CAS verdict to overturn the two-year European ban on Manchester City

‘The circus door is open’: Jose Mourinho says ‘FFP is really dead’ as he responds to the ‘shameful’ decision to lift Man City’s European ban – what could make his Tottenham team a Europa League place cost

  • Jose Mourinho described the decision to overturn Man City’s ban as a ‘shame’
  • City’s two-year ban was overturned by CAS after appealing UEFA’s verdict
  • The Premier League side also saw their £ 27 million (€ 30 million) fine reduced to £ 9 million
  • Mourinho perplexed behind CAS’s judgment, believing that FFP is ‘really dead’

Jose Mourinho has labeled the decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-year European ban an “embarrassment” before claiming Monday’s verdict marks the end of Financial Fair Play.

UEFA initially gave City a European ban for violating FFP rules, but City appealed to the Arbitration Court for Sport and subsequently had the ban revoked. A fine of € 30 million (£ 27 million) imposed on City was also reduced to € 10 million (£ 9 million).

Tottenham’s boss was baffled as to why City was fined £ 9 million for being ‘not guilty’ before suggesting that if they were guilty their ban on UEFA’s European leagues should be upheld.

Jose Mourinho has rejected the decision to overturn Man City's two-year European ban

Jose Mourinho has rejected the decision to overturn Man City’s two-year European ban

“In case it’s a shameful decision, because if City isn’t guilty of it, you’re not going to be punished with $ 10 million,” Mourinho said at the news conference on Tuesday.

“If you are not guilty, you should not be fined. If they’re guilty, the decision is also a shame and you should be banned from the competition.

“I don’t know if Manchester City is to blame or not, but it’s a shameful decision anyway.”

When asked about the condition of FFP and where Spurs remains out there, he insisted that he was happy with the way the club operates in North London but claimed ‘the circus door is open’ so anyone can spend whatever want.

“Spurs is Spurs and I don’t think Spurs changes this mindset and in this respect it is more than correct,” he added. “I’m happy with the way we act here. I think this is the end of financial fair play. ‘

Pep Guardiola was elated Monday after Manchester City's European ban was overturned

Pep Guardiola was elated Monday after Manchester City's European ban was overturned

Pep Guardiola was elated Monday after Manchester City’s European ban was overturned

City can now participate in the Champions League again next season after the verdict

City can now participate in the Champions League again next season after the verdict

City can now participate in the Champions League again next season after the verdict

Sports email understands that any challenge to UEFA’s judgment before the Swiss Federal Courts is ‘unlikely’.

CAS released their verdict Monday morning, saying, “ Most of the alleged breaches reported by the CFCB (UEFA’S Club Financial Control Body) Justice Council were not established or barred.

Since the allegations of unfair concealment of equity financing were clearly more important violations than obstructing the CFCB investigations, it was inappropriate to prohibit participation in UEFA club competitions for not participating in MCFC in the investigations of the CFCB alone. ”

A City statement read: “Although Manchester City and its legal advisors have not yet reviewed the full judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as confirmation of the club’s position and evidence that it could present.

“The Club would like to thank the panel members for their dedication and the proper process they have managed.”

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