Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president, asserts that charging Manchester City over Financial Fair Play breaches was the “right” decision.
In 2020, UEFA charged Man City for allegedly misleading the governing body and violating FFP rules. The treble winners appealed the decision, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned it, citing a lack of proper establishment for most of the alleged breaches. However, Ceferin maintains that UEFA was justified in imposing the punishment and stands by the ruling.
He told The Telegraph: “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.”
The Premier League has brought forth 115 charges against Man City for violating FFP rules. Richard Masters, the CEO of England’s top domestic competition, has affirmed that a date has been scheduled for the hearing of the case. Earlier in the season, Everton and Nottingham Forest were already penalized, with Everton receiving a 10-point deduction.
Although Masters has mentioned the setting of a date for City’s case, the specific timeline remains undisclosed. Meanwhile, the club will persist in its participation in the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.