Manchester City ban took the whole football fraternity to shock as the club had been shut from playing football for two years. UEFA announced that City was being sanctioned for “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016”.
However, the club breaching the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations has led to the club paying a huge price in terms of the 2-year ban. The city is all set to make an appeal to the decision, but the question is whether manager Pep Guardiola and key players like Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero leave if the ban isn’t overruled?
Apart from ban, UEFA also charged City with a €30 million fine and the latest reports have claimed that Man City could be stripped of their 2013-14 Premier League title – enter Jose Mourinho.
The 2013-14 season was remembered as the year that Liverpool had almost won their first Premier League title and, of course, that Steven Gerrard slips against Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Former Chilean footballer Manuel Pellegrini’s led City closer to the title by two points but their FFP breaches have sparked talk that they could have that victory can be taken away from them.
Post Manchester United vs Aston Villa game, on Sunday, former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho questioned whether the Red Devils could be awarded the 2017-18 league title back then?
When asked to comment on UEFA’s ruling, the “Special One” said, via Goal:
“My view is that I didn’t lose one single minute analyzing what UEFA and FIFA have to analyze.
“If I go into that analysis, I have to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 (his Man United side) is going to be champion, yes or no?”
The 57-year-old, who won the Europa League, EFL Cup, and Community Shield whilst at United, added: “That would be interesting. But jokes apart, I just wait calmly.”
Mourinho questioned in a joking manner but he did famously call finishing second at Man Utd in 2017-18 as one of the “biggest achievements” of his stunning managerial career. For now, Mourinho might be facing a tough face against both Manchester United as well as Chelsea to win the Champions League football for this season.