‘We were right’ – UEFA chief opens up on Manchester City case

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has recently discussed UEFA’s investigation into Manchester City back in 2018.

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The noise around Manchester City and their FFP case continues to run its course, with a date for the trial now confirmed.

Everton and Nottingham Forest have already been charged for breaches of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules.

This has led to increased scrutiny over Manchester City’s case, with the reigning champions being charged with 115 breaches of regulations in 2023.

Many curious onlookers will no doubt want the Cityzen’s case to be wrapped up sooner rather than later.

However, in light of the current situation, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reaffirmed his belief that the European football governing body was correct to look into, prosecute, and penalize Manchester City for financial regulation violations.

2018 saw City expelled from the Champions League and given a two-year ban after it was determined that they had violated Financial Fair Play (FFP) criteria.

After City filed an appeal, the ruling was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

What did Aleksander Ceferin say about City’s 2018 case?

In an interview with The Telegraph, Ceferin revealed all about his organization’s efforts in the case and his feeling on the matter:

“We know we were right. We wouldn’t decide if we didn’t think we were right.”

“As a trial lawyer for 25 years, I know that, sometimes, you win a case that you are sure you will lose.”

“And, sometimes, you lose a case when you’re sure.”

“You just simply have to respect in a serious democracy the decision of the court.”

“I don’t want to speak about the case in England.”

“But I trust that the decision of our independent body was correct. I didn’t enter into this decision.” 

Manchester City have vehemently denied the charges attributed to them.

There is no doubt that it will be the biggest case relating to FFP and breaches in Premier League history.

However, Ceferin does not want to comment on the Premier League’s investigation in Manchester City:

“They want to know what’s going on and what are the consequences but I don’t want to enter into this concrete process because I don’t know what the Premier League is dealing with,” Ceferin explained.

“I really don’t want to criticise, or something like that. It wouldn’t be fair.” 

The Reds, under Jurgen Klopp, have suffered enough heartache at the hands of Manchester City.

Twice Liverpool have missed out on the Premier League by a single point to Guardiola’s side.

Many of City’s rivals, especially the Reds, will eagerly be waiting for a resolution to City’s case.

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