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Pep Guardiola And His Staff Celebrate Champions League Ban Being Overturned

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Pep Guardiola and his staff took a selfie to celebrate Manchester City’s European ban being overturned.

The club were initially hit with a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations but today the verdict from Court of Arbitration for Sport saw City exonerated and the punishment reduced to a €10 million fine.

And minutes after City were cleared, Guardiola and members of his team posed for a picture with Sky Sports News in the background.

The image was posted by Manuel Estiarte, a former water polo player who has become a vital member of Guardiola’s staff – though it has since been deleted from the Spaniard’s Instagram page.

UEFA claimed that City had ‘seriously misled’ them and broken FFP by falsely inflating inflated their sponsorship revenues but the ruling from CAS denied it was the case.

A statement from CAS read: “Manchester City did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions but did fail to cooperate with the UEFA authorities. CAS decision: Exclusion from participation in UEFA club competitions lifted; fine maintained but reduced to €10 million.”

City are now free to play in European competition for the next two seasons, while it also means whoever finishes fifth in the Premier League will not achieve qualification to the Champions League next term.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”

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Zidane’s son Enzo set to join African giants Wydad Casablanca

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The 25-year-old midfielder looks poised continue his development with the Stade Mohammed V outfit
Enzo Zidane, the eldest son of Real Madrid legend and manager Zinedine Zidane, is hoping to join Botola Pro 1 side Wydad Casablanca, according to his agent Roberto Carlos.

The midfielder played for Juventus, Liceo Frances, San Jose before joining the Blancos youth team in 2004 and spent 10 years in the academy.

Zidane featured for Real Madrid teams C and B, before he made his first-team debut in 2016 in a Copa del Rey clash against Cultural Leonesa.

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‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players

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The Spanish coach admits the club are short on numbers and he his eager to tap into their talented youth system

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared the club only have 13 fit players as he looks to giving their academy players a chance to step up.

A youthful City side beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday in the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Liam Delap opening the scoring on debut.

Phil Foden set up the opener for Guardiola’s side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.

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Napoli Forward, Dries Mertens Asks Victor Osimhen For Nigeria’s New National Teams Jersey

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Napoli’s forward, Dries Mertens is already having a good rapport with Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen as the Belgian forward as he requests for the new national team jersey from him.

Victor Osimhen shared pictures of him in the new jerseys on his Instagram page and Dries Mertens replied his post by requesting for one of the jerseys from the Super Eagles striker.

Mertens asked him to bring a small size one to the club’s training ground and Osimhen replied accordingly.

The former Lille striker has settled into life at Napoli really fast especially on the field of play as he injected pace and finesse into Napoli’s second half performance in their season-opener win at Parma on Sunday.

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