Football experts pointed out a detail that made UEFA lose in the match against Man City. Clause 37, Article 3 of the provisions of the Law on Financial Fair (FFP) said that all violations will be closed after a period […]
Football experts pointed out a detail that made UEFA lose in the match against Man City.
Clause 37, Article 3 of the provisions of the Law on Financial Fair (FFP) said that all violations will be closed after a period of 5 years from the time the incident happened and the time it was discovered. In fact, Man City ‘s financial problems began in 2013 and was first revealed in November 2018, when the five-year period was over.
It was UEFA that confirmed this in the statement following the CAS ruling, that “there are many violations” have been closed because of the provisions of the FFP. Former England player Gary Lineker was the first to question UEFA for the irony, saying why UEFA wants to punish Manchester City once they know it will be against them.
Sports law lawyer of Melbourne Law University, Jack Anderson, analyzed: “With the CAS decision, UEFA is almost no longer able to win the case against Man City.”
UEFA can still sue to the Swiss Federal Court (SFT), which has jurisdiction over international disputes. However, according to Anderson’s analysis, less than 4% of all appeal decisions from CAS were reversed by SFT.
This seems like a prerequisite to help Man City acquitted. The attitude of coach Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City stars has also partly revealed their confidence. Both Guardiola and Kevin de Bruyne have stated they will stay with the club, no matter what the situation. Representatives of the team repeatedly criticized UEFA, saying that the agency was not fair in the investigation process.
Man City was only fined 10 million euros for disregarding the rules of cooperation, hindering the investigation process and despising UEFA. This is clearly an insignificant amount of money compared to the potential of the “Green Man”. They also saved a loss of 200 million pounds (100 million pounds per season) after being allowed to attend the European Cup next season.