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UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League
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UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League

UEFA has repeated its “strong opposition” to a European Super League after the controversial project received a surprise shot in the arm from Josep Maria Bartomeu as he stood down as Barcelona president. In a resignation bombshell on Thursday night Bartomeu declared that one of his last acts as the Catalan team’s chief had been to accept a proposal for Barcelona to play in “a future European Super League” which “would guarantee the financial stability of the club”. The notion of a splinter league for the continent’s high rollers first surfaced through a series of leaked emails and documents in November 2018 claiming that a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick-off as early as 2021. The idea was knocked on the head by European f...
Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches
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UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches

UEFA will allow up to five substitutions to be made by teams in all European club and international matches this season, it announced on Thursday, although a decision has yet to be reached for next year’s European Championship. The decision announced following UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in Budapest, applies to this season’s Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League, as well as the remainder of the Nations League, the qualifying play-offs for Euro 2020 and qualifiers for the next women’s European Championship. “Another decision” will be made for the finals of Euro 2020, which were postponed to June and July next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The change comes after several national team coaches called on UEFA to allow five substitutions in ...
Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations
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Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been omitted from the nominations for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year awards. For the first time in 10 years, the two greatest players of the modern game do not appear on the shortlist for the awards, for which Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski are considered favourites to win. Despite their confirmed places in the pantheon of the greats, few could argue with the decision not to nominate Messi and Ronaldo after the 2019/20 season. While Ronaldo did help Juventus to win yet another Serie A title, both Juve and Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League before the latter stages. While both Ronaldo and Messi bagged a rather disappointing three goals apiece in eight Champions League matches, Lewandowski scored 15 on his way t...
Messi and Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time
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Messi and Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time

Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA's positional awards next month. The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign. It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position. Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories. Bayern's star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG's Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak. David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list whi...
‘Unique’ Haaland compared to Messi & Ronaldo by Norway boss Lagerback
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‘Unique’ Haaland compared to Messi & Ronaldo by Norway boss Lagerback

The Swedish head coach has talked up the talents of the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a UEFA Nation's League meeting with Northern Ireland Norway boss Lars Lagerback has described Erling Haaland as "unique", while comparing him to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 2019-20 season turned out to be a memorable one for Haaland, who scored 44 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for two different clubs. The 20-year-old spent the first half of the campaign at Red Bull Salzburg, where his prolific form in the Austrian Bundesliga and Champions League earned him a €20 million (£18m/$24m) move to Borussia Dortmund in the winter transfer window.
European Super Cup: UEFA In Talks With Hungary Following Border Closure
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European Super Cup: UEFA In Talks With Hungary Following Border Closure

UEFA says it is discussing entry requirements for this month’s European Super Cup match in Budapest with the Hungarian government. This has come in the wake of the decision to close the country’s borders to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. European champions Bayern Munich and Europa League winners Sevilla are due to meet in Budapest on Sept. 24 in the 2020 European Super Cup. It is also a match planned to be the first UEFA match to take place with spectators since the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Hungary said last week it would close its borders to foreigners from Tuesday to curb a rise in coronavirus cases. “UEFA is working closely with the Hungarian Football Federation and its government to implement measures to ensure the health of all those attending and participating in...
Ighalo’s Goal Against LASK Voted 3rd Best In Europa League
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Ighalo’s Goal Against LASK Voted 3rd Best In Europa League

Manchester United's Odion Ighalo (centre-left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match at Linzer Stadion, Linz. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images) UEFA technical observers voted Odion Ighalo’s goal for Manchester United against LASK among the strikes in the Europa League last season. Ighalo scored the goal in Manchester United’s Round of 16, first leg tie against LASK at the Linzer Stadium in March which they won 5-0 The Nigerian forward controlled a pass from Bruno Fernandes and juggled the both with both feet, before unleashing a powerful left-foot drive in the top corner. The goal was eventually voted third behind Ruben Neves’ goal for Wolves against Espanyol and Claudiu Keseru’s left-foo...
UEFA Lists Eight Unforgettable Games Of 2019/20 Champions League
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UEFA Lists Eight Unforgettable Games Of 2019/20 Champions League

The UEFA Champions League has highlighted the best eight unforgettable games of the 2019/2020 Champions League. UEFA gave the highlight on its website ahead of tonight’s Champions League final between Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica “We regularly deliver football of mouth-watering quality and heart-stopping tension – and this season has been no exception. “With just one game remaining in a unique and captivating campaign, we select some of the most unforgettable contests from the 118 matches so far. Enjoy!” UEFA said. 1 Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg 02/10/19, group stage Matchday 2 Liverpool know a thing or two about comebacks from 3-0 down so it was a surprise to see them given a taste of their own medicine at Anfield, w...
Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format
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Champions League: UEFA considers continuing with single-game knockout format

UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has said the single-game knockout format which was used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final stage, could be continued in future. The format was introduced to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter span, after COVID-19 halted football for several months. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and Bayern Munich will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the final on Sunday. "We were forced to do it but in the end we see that we found out something new," Ceferin told Reuters. "So we will think about it in the future for sure." Ceferin noted that without a second leg to play, teams have been forced to go for goals. However, the current two-legged format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025, but discussions are ...
Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others
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Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to benefit from Manchester City’s £9million (€10m) UEFA fine, following the Court of Arbitration’s (CAS) ruling on Monday. UEFA had banned City from European football for two years following alleged breaches to Financial Fair Play (FFP). Following this historic victory, the ban will no longer be imposed while the €30m fine has been reduced to €10m (£9m). According to the UEFA ruling, this money will now be shared out among clubs in the Champions League and Europa League competitions, who have adhered to all rules set out. This means the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will receive small monetary boosts as a result. This mirrors a situation from six years ago, in which City was fined £50m by UEFA for the F...
Frank Lampard Reacts as Man City Defeats UEFA at CAS
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Frank Lampard Reacts as Man City Defeats UEFA at CAS

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said the decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban, will not affect his players. The Blues are currently third in the Premier League table and face a battle with Manchester United, Leicester and Wolves for the final top-four place. Lampard however insists the situation is in his players’ hands. He told a press conference on Monday ahead of the Norwich game: “I was pretty neutral on it, I just listened to the verdict this morning. “I genuinely don’t see beyond the games in hand, we have a few games and we want to win them and see if it gets us Champions League football. I was never pinning my hopes on [the verdict]. If we win enough games, we can get in. ‘We’re sitting third, it’s in our hands. I wouldn’t have...
UEFA Reacts as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban
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UEFA Reacts as CAS Overturns Man City’s Ban

UEFA has reacted to the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), to overturn Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions. The ruling means City will play in the Champions League next season. The former English champions have also had their fine reduced from £25million to £8.9million. City had been banned by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, but have had the decision overturned by CAS. However, a statement from European football’s governing body on Monday, showed they were not happy with what they see as many of City’s alleged breaches being “time-barred.” “UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged...
Pep Guardiola And His Staff Celebrate Champions League Ban Being Overturned
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Pep Guardiola And His Staff Celebrate Champions League Ban Being Overturned

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...
Oshoala continues title dreams with Barcelona as Spain host Women’s Champions League mini-tournament
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Oshoala continues title dreams with Barcelona as Spain host Women’s Champions League mini-tournament

The Super Falcons star will aim to secure her maiden European diadem with the Catalans this summer Asisat Oshoala will aim to help Barcelona to a maiden European title as Spanish city San Sebastian will host this season's Uefa Women's Champions League final on August 30. On Wednesday, Uefa announced the Champions League for the 2019-20 season will be completed as a mini-competition from the quarter-final onward since its suspension due to Covid-19 outbreak. Uefa also disclosed that two Spanish cities - Bilbao's San Mames Stadium in Bilbao and San Sebastian's Anoeta Stadium - will be used as the host venues for the final stages from August 21-30.
All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon
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All Champions League Knockout Games to be Played in Lisbon

UEFA is planning to play all Champions League knockout games in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Sky Italia reports that the final will be played August 23, following 12 days of matches. However, UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday, among a series of decisions to reschedule international soccer, after COVID-19 disrupted the global sports calendar. The final is likely to take place on a rare Sunday at Benfica’s Stadium of Light. It was originally to be played on Saturday, May 30 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. Semifinals will be split between the Stadium of Light and the home stadium of Sporting Lisbon close by on August 18-19. Four quarterfinals are planned on consecutive nights from August 12-15. ...
Trabzonspor handed one-year European ban
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Trabzonspor handed one-year European ban

Failure to meet financial conditions imposed by UEFA means the Turkish side could miss out on the Champions League next season Turkish Super Lig leaders Trabzonspor have been handed a one-season ban from European football for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. UEFA said in a statement on Wednesday that the club had failed to meet the conditions of a 2016 settlement agreement which required them to be "break-even compliant". The governing body confirmed the ban would be applied if the club qualified for the Champions League or Europa League in either of the next two seasons.
RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI
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RAMOS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH SALAH – CHIELLINI

Veteran Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has claimed that Sergio Ramos knew exactly what he was doing when he famously injured Mohamed Salah in the final of the 2018 UEFA Champions League.   The Real Madrid defender and Liverpool forward grappled early in the UCL final that year and the Egyptian came off the worse, suffering a shoulder injury which put him out of the remainder of the game and very nearly saw him miss the World Cup in Russia.   Ramos has always denied that he intentionally injured Salah, but Chiellini – a master of the ‘dark arts’ of defending – wrote in his autobiography that the Spaniard’s action were very much deliberate and targeted.   “Critics can say that he [Ramos] is impulsive, not tactical at all and that because of him there are ...
Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG
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Neymar: I’m training hard to come back strong for PSG

The 28-year-old is coping with the uncertainty of knowing when his next match is by working hard with his personal trainer. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar says that he is “training hard” to return to action in prime shape, despite being unclear when he might be needed again. Ligue 1 has officially ended for the season, with PSG taking the title for a third consecutive time, but Thomas Tuchel’s side remain active in the Champions League, having fought back from a first-leg deficit to overcome Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in front of an empty Parc des Princes and progress through 3-2 on aggregate. UEFA still aims to play the tournament to its conclusion, and while no dates have officially been set, the world’s most expensive player is fired up to feature when called upon.
Arsenal players approved for training return under strict coronavirus measures
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Arsenal players approved for training return under strict coronavirus measures

The Gunners are poised to take a cautious step towards normality after being hit particularly hard by the pandemic Arsenal have confirmed their players will be allowed to return to their London Colney training ground on Monday, but they must still abide by social distancing guidelines. Manager Mikel Arteta was one of the first high-profile cases of Covid-19 in the football world, with his diagnosis in March coinciding with the eventual suspension of the Premier League. Though the coronavirus continues to hit England particularly hard, the Gunners have been able to green light a partial return to training. “Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds next week. Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained at all time...
UEFA say the Premier League title should go to Liverpool whether the season is finished or not
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UEFA say the Premier League title should go to Liverpool whether the season is finished or not

Liverpool are set to finally end their 30-year wait to be champions of England after UEFA ruled out the Premier League season being declared 'null and void'. European football's governing body insisted that domestic campaigns would be settled on 'sporting merit' on Thursday if they cannot be finished. The Premier League was suspended last month due to the spread of coronavirus and remains on an indefinite hiatus with lockdown in full effect. Reds fans had been concerned that the pandemic would deny them a first league title since 1990, but UEFA's directive appears to have taken that possibility off the table. It is likely that Champions League places will be decided on a points-per-game basis if remaining matches cannot be played. A play-off could also be held, but Premier...
UEFA Confirms UCL Places To Be Decided By Merit If Season Can’t Be Finished
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UEFA Confirms UCL Places To Be Decided By Merit If Season Can’t Be Finished

UEFA has confirmed that next season's UCL & UEL places should be decided by sporting merit in each league if this season can't be finished There are growing fears that the 2019/20 campaign will not be completed due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The UEFA Executive Committee met today via video conference. It received updates on the Working Groups established in partnership with the European Club Association (ECA), European Leagues (EL) and FIFPRO Europe. Of the two scenarios being examined by the Calendar Working Group, both envisage domestic football starting before UEFA club competitions, with one seeking to run the competitions in parallel and the other to complete domestic matches before re-starting UEFA matches in Aug...
Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled
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Dutch Eredivisie likely to be cancelled

The Dutch Football Association “intends not to continue” the Eredivisie season after the national government extended a ban on major events until 1 September because of coronavirus. Ajax and AZ Alkmaar are leading the Dutch top flight level on points after 26 games, with Ajax ahead on goal difference. Dutch football’s governing body KNVB said in a statement it “intends not to continue playing the 2019/20 competition” but will consult Uefa before making a final decision. Earlier on Tuesday, Uefa said some European leagues could be cancelled “in special cases” because of the pandemic. “Based on the government’s decision, the KNVB will consult with Uefa, after which the decision will be taken,” the KNVB statement continued. “The KNVB has not yet definitively cancelled competiti...
Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season
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Ex-Barcelona coach Van Gaal blasts Overmars for calling to end season

Former Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal has slammed clubs calling for the season to be canceled. Ajax technical director Marc Overmars recently urged the Dutch Football Association to call off the season and declare the Amsterdam side champions. Yet Van Gaal didn't take kindly to that sentiment and feels that the winner should be decided on the pitch, with the help of football's governing bodies. "UEFA and FIFA should be willing to adjust the rules and offer some room to manoeuvre," Van Gaal told Algemeen Dagblad. "Then we can start working. Then we can expand next season a bit, with more games during the week. "There are clubs who are using the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit," he added. "After 25 games, there cannot be an arrangement for Ajax to be champions. ...
Major UEFA Decision Clears Path For Liverpool’s Premier League Title Hopes
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Major UEFA Decision Clears Path For Liverpool’s Premier League Title Hopes

UEFA have paved the way for the Premier League to complete their season and give Liverpool the opportunity to claim the title. The European governing body held a video conference meeting on Wednesday with the general secretaries of 55 UEFA member associations to discuss their latest steps amid the coronavirus outbreak. Among the decisions made was the postponement of all UEFA competition matches, including the Champions League and Europa League, until further notice. It was also determined that all deadlines relating to the qualification for next season’s UEFA club competitions – with Liverpool already qualified for the Champions League – would be postponed, with new dates set in due course. And that has given domestic leagues, including the Premier League, greater room in ...
Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League finals officially postponed and could be scrapped altogether
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Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League finals officially postponed and could be scrapped altogether

UEFA has officially postponed the men's and women's Champions League finals and the Europa League final which could all be scrapped altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic. All three finals were due to be played in May with Turkey's Istanbul set to host the men's Champions League final on May 30, while the Europa League final was due to take place on May 27 at Gdansk in Poland. Last week UEFA put in place provisional dates of June 24 and 27, but the European football’s governing body has now decided to postpone the Champions League and Europa League finals with no rearranged dates discussed. It was also discussed at the meeting of the European Clubs’ Association whether to abandon them altogether. According to the Mirror, the postponement means in reality that even UEFA hav...
Postponement Of English Football Extended to 30 April
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Postponement Of English Football Extended to 30 April

Professional football in England has been further suspended until no earlier than 30 April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, having already been postponed until at least 3 April. It was still less than a week ago that the Premier League and EFL vowed to push through and carry on as normal, but the rapidly changing crisis ensures an extended postponement is unavoidable. A statement published by the FA, covering the Premier League, EFL and professional women’s game in England described the ‘unprecedented times’ that the world finds itself in. “We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so,” it read. “We’ve collecti...
Coronavirus: Euro 2020 Postponed Until Summer of 2021
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Coronavirus: Euro 2020 Postponed Until Summer of 2021

UEFA have officially decided to postpone the Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021 to allow European leagues to complete their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian FA confirmed the news on their social media accounts as they say the tournament which was to be held across 12 European cities and was scheduled to begin on June 12, will now be played between June 11 and July 11, 2021.  "Uefa has decided that the Euros should be postponed until 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year." UEFA har bestemt at EM utsettes til 2021. Det skal spilles fra 11. juni til 11. juli neste år. Mer informasjon kommer. — NorgesFotballforbund (@nff_info) March 17, 2020 The decision comes after UEFA held conference calls with its 55 member associations, the board of t...
Europa League Round of 16 Draw Released
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Europa League Round of 16 Draw Released

The draw for the 2019/2020 UEFA Europa League round of 16 has been released. The draw, which was streamed on the UEFA website, was released on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland. See full fixtures below: İstanbul Başakşehir vs Copenhagen Olympiacos vs Wolves Rangers vs Leverkusen Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donetsk Internazionale vs Getafe Sevilla vs Roma Eintracht Frankfurt/FC Salzburg vs Basel LASK vs Man United
CAS Confirms Manchester City Appeal To Overturn Uefa Two Year’s Ban
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CAS Confirms Manchester City Appeal To Overturn Uefa Two Year’s Ban

Pep Guardiola's team have been hit with a two-year European ban and have moved to have UEFA's ruling overturned. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has established that they have registered an appeal from Manchester City as the reigning Premier League champions fight to overturn a two-season Champions League ban. UEFA observed the club responsible of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate with its investigation, handing City a €30m (£25m/$33m) fine on top of their two-year European suspension. City moved shortly to profess their innocence and vowed to show UEFA wrong, with a CAS appeal the first order of business. CAS has now established the appeal has been lodged, releasing an official statement on Wednesday, which reads: "The Court of Arbitrati...
UEFA Ban: Court Of Arbitration For Sports Registers Manchester City’s Appeal
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UEFA Ban: Court Of Arbitration For Sports Registers Manchester City’s Appeal

Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban has been officially registered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS announced on Wednesday. The Premier League club have vowed to fight the sanction imposed by UEFA on February 14 for breaching financial fair play regulations. Although CAS did not indicate a time-frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months. In a statement, CAS said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).” City face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in prize money, TV revenue, gate receipts and sponsorship income should their appeal against the ban fail. Last week City Football Group CEO F...
Guardiola Claims There is Proof Man City Won’t be Banned
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Guardiola Claims There is Proof Man City Won’t be Banned

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed he has seen proof why they should not be banned from European competitions. City have been handed a two-year suspension, after UEFA found the Premier League champions guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. The Etihad club have already moved to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Speaking at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, ahead of their Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola said: “We were under suspicion for a long time, we have the right to appeal and I trust the people in my club. “They explain the reasons, they showed me the arguments and the proofs. We are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League we can do it next season, if finally,...
Inter Milan expected to play Europa League tie behind closed doors due to Coronavirus Outbreak
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Inter Milan expected to play Europa League tie behind closed doors due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Inter Milan are expected to play their home Europa League last-32 match against Ludogorets behind closed doors because of fears about the spread of coronavirus. Inter were one of four Serie A clubs to postpone their weekend game. Talks have been taking place between the club, Italian government officials and European football's governing body Uefa about Thursday's fixture. With 165, Italy has the largest number of cases of the virus in Europe. Many schools and colleges have been closed in Milan on Monday, although the local transport system is operating. More than 600 Ludogorets fans were due to travel from Bulgaria for Thursday's Europa League last-32 first-leg match at the San Siro (20:00 GMT kick-off). It is not known whether any restrictions will be applied to Sun...
Man City in Trouble if Real Madrid Come for Sterling – Guardiola
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Man City in Trouble if Real Madrid Come for Sterling – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted the club will be in trouble if Real Madrid come for Raheem Sterling. Sterling, in a recent interview, hailed Madrid as a “fantastic club”. It comes amid City’s two-year European ban from UEFA, with most of their players’ futures now uncertain. Although Guardiola insisted that he cannot question Sterling’s commitment, he accepted that Madrid and Barcelona are the world’s most powerful clubs. He told reporters on Friday: “All the clubs have to know that when Real Madrid or Barcelona knock on the door, the other clubs must tremble. “That they will be a little bit in trouble. “But, on the same point, you see the commitment from Raheem, every single day when he arrives. “I don’t know if Madrid or Barcelona call his ag...
Mourinho Speaks on Delle Alli’s Anger During Tottenham’s Defeat to RB Leipzig
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Mourinho Speaks on Delle Alli’s Anger During Tottenham’s Defeat to RB Leipzig

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has disclosed why midfielder, Dele Alli was angry after being substituted during their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg 1-0 defeat against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night in London. Tottenham was defeated in front of their home fans after Timo Werner scored the only goal of the encounter from the spot-kick in the second half to give the Bundesliga leaders an advantage ahead of the return leg in March. Dele Alli was captured by camera throwing a water bottle to the ground before looking visibly upset on the bench when Erik Lamela replaced him in the 64th minute of the encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But Mourinho said Alli was angry when he was substituted because of his performance and not with him. “I think Dell...
Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban
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Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban

Pep Guardiola went to war with his former club Barcelona on Wednesday as Manchester City's manager defended his current employers in the wake of their European ban. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has "thanked" UEFA for banning City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, a shock sentence handed out on Friday which the Premier League champions plan to appeal. The Catalan club, where Guardiola remains a legend, have problems of their own after being accused of hiring a social media company to attempt to damage the reputations of figures such as the City boss and their own striker Lionel Messi. The reports, which Barcelona have vehemently denied, claim that the campaign was part of an attempt to strengthen the Barca board's position. But Guardiola reacte...
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola Speaks on His Man City’s Future after 2-0 Win Over West Ham
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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola Speaks on His Man City’s Future after 2-0 Win Over West Ham

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he wants to stay at the club, whether or not they successfully appeal their two-season European ban from UEFA. There had been speculations that Guardiola and some of the players would seek to leave, if the verdict for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations stood. But speaking after City’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday, the Spaniard committed his long-term future to the club. “Personally, no matter what happens I will be here next season,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “If the club don’t sack me – that can happen – I will stay here 100 per cent, more than ever.”
Carragher Reveals Why UEFA are Desperate for Man City Not to Win Trophy
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Carragher Reveals Why UEFA are Desperate for Man City Not to Win Trophy

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has claimed that UEFA would be “desperate” for Manchester City not to win the Champions League this year. UEFA have banned City from European football for two years, after finding the Premier League champions guilty of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule breaches. City have confirmed they will appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). However, they will play Real Madrid in the round of 16, before their case is heard. “What would happen if City won this competition this season? They are the favourites, they are one of the best teams in the competition. “UEFA will be desperate for Manchester City to be beaten by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. “I think UEFA should either have taken City out of the compe...
Arsenal Boss, Arteta Reacts to Champions League Ban on Manchester City
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Arsenal Boss, Arteta Reacts to Champions League Ban on Manchester City

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted that he is not conflicted over UEFA ban on Manchester City. The Spaniard, however, said he looks forward to taking advantage of the plight of Man City, a club he left few months ago, and lead the Gunners back into the Champions League. UEFA on Friday slammed the Premier League holders with a two-season ban from all European competitions for a “serious” breach of Financial Fair Play rules. The Citizen have vowed to appeal the decision but as it stands City’s exclusion from the Champions League has opened up an opportunity for their Premier League rivals Arteta, who left Arsenal to join City in 2016 as Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach, said will not let his close ties with the Etihad landlords distract him as he looks to mount a sust...
Steven Gerrard Responds To Manchester City Possibly Having Title Stripped
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Steven Gerrard Responds To Manchester City Possibly Having Title Stripped

Steven Gerrard has revealed he's 'really interested' to see what punishment the Premier League might give Manchester City if the current champions fail to overturn their ban by UEFA. On Friday City were banned by UEFA for two years from European competition for Financial Fair Play breaches, subject to appeal from the club, and on the weekend there were reports the Premier League could also hand out a punishment. Included in the options for the league is a retrospective points deduction that could see them lose the 2013/14 title and then hand it to Liverpool, something that is certainly interesting to Gerrard. "We will wait and see. From a UEFA point of view, it is a real strong sentence or punishment," the Rangers manager told reporters. "I'm sure they will appeal so we will wai...
Guardiola Likely To Remain At Manchester City Even If Their UEFA Ban Is Upheld
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Guardiola Likely To Remain At Manchester City Even If Their UEFA Ban Is Upheld

Pep Guardiola has indicated that he will still be manager of Manchester City next season - even if the club fails in an appeal against their Champions League ban. The City boss has indicated that he will honour the remaining 12 months of his contract after UEFA handed down a two-year European suspension for breaking FFP regulations. City are taking their case the the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to get the decision overturned. UEFA want to fast-track the process so that the ban will come into place next season. That has led to speculation that Guardiola will walk away from the Etihad. But the Catalan’s first instinct after the decision was made public has been to show loyalty to the club after four seasons in the job. That could mean Guardiola will not manage ...
Mourinho Reacts to UEFA Ban on Manchester City
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Mourinho Reacts to UEFA Ban on Manchester City

Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to the UEFA ban on Manchester City. The Portuguese raised the possibility of Man City being stripped the 2017-2018 Premier League title and awarded to Manchester United. Mourinho was the manager at United in 2017-2018 season when City won the title. UEFA on Friday banned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City from all European competition for two years and fined £25million for “serious” financial fair-play breaches. Premier League is also said to be preparing their own investigation into the champions’ financial irregularities which could lead to deduction of points and strip of titles. United finished 19 points behind their neighbours in 2017-18. Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday move them up to fifth which will now qu...
I Feel for Man City, Guardiola Over Ban – Liverpool Manager, Klopp
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I Feel for Man City, Guardiola Over Ban – Liverpool Manager, Klopp

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, has reacted to the ban placed on Manchester City Football club by UEFA. Klopp, who expressed his sympathy said he feels for the club and its manager, Pep Guardiola. UEFA had placed a two-year ban on the English side over alleged breach of Financial Fair Play rules. The European football’s governing body had disclosed that the English side had committed “serious breaches” of its FFP regulations. However, speaking with BBC Sports, the German said he was shocked by the ban. He said: “It was a shock. Complete wow! “The only thing I can say is about football. What they have done on the football pitch is exceptional. The rest, I don’t know. “I really feel for them, Pep and the players, but that is how it is. They can appeal. So, we will s...
Man City’s Champions League Ban: La Liga President Hails UEFA
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Man City’s Champions League Ban: La Liga President Hails UEFA

La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has hailed UEFA’s decision to ban Manchester City from the Champions League. DAILY POST recalls that Man City were handed a two-season ban from the Champions League and Europa League on Friday. Pep Guardiola’s side were found to have seriously breached their club licensing and financial fair play regulations. Reacting to the development, Tebas, who is pleased by UEFA’s decision to ban Man City, said it is better now than never. In a tweet on his official Twitter page at the weekend, Tebas wrote: “UEFA is finally taking decisive action. “implementing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football. “For years we have been calling for strict action against Manchester City and Paris ...
Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title
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Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title

Following the ban placed on Manchester City by UEFA, the club will now resolve to sell leading players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, according to DailyMail. This will happen if their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport fails. UEFA slammed City a two-year ban from the Champions League and other European competitions on Friday. Pep Guardiola’s side also faces the possibility of being stripped their 2014 Premier League title. This will happen if a separate Premier League investigation were to find that they had breached financial rules, which the club had already denied. City have insisted that they will be cleared of breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. The period under investigation would appear to be from 2012 to 2016,...
Sam Allardyce Reveals Pep Guardiola’s Next Club
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Sam Allardyce Reveals Pep Guardiola’s Next Club

Former England manager, Sam Allardyce has said that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola should be heading to the Italian Serie A to take up the challenge at Juventus next season. Guardiola’s future with the Premier League champions has been cast in doubt after the club was banned from the Champions League until 2022 by UEFA. There is speculation now suggesting that the Spaniard’s move to Juve is very much on the cards. Allardyce, a former Bolton Wanderers boss, said the move is possible, adding that Guardiola’s determination to prove his managerial worth in a number of countries makes the switch a suitable one. “I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona,” Allardyce told the Mirror. “He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been...
Manchester City Could be Relegated to League Two
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Manchester City Could be Relegated to League Two

Premier League holders, Manchester City Could be relegated to League Two if their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports fails, according UK Independent’s Miguel Delaney. UEFA banned City from both the Champions League and Europa League on Friday Pep Guardiola’s side was found to have committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. Delaney’s report claimed that the Premier League will now respond to the ‘serious breaches’ which will come in the form of a points deduction. Another eye-brow raising points in the report is that the Citizens could technically be dumped in League Two by way of a possible expulsion from the Premier League. Premier League have the power to expel teams and a new rule states that any such cl...
Zidane Reacts to Ban of Manchester City by UEFA
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Zidane Reacts to Ban of Manchester City by UEFA

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to the UEFA ban on Manchester City. The Frenchman said the action taken by the European football governing body will provide City with extra motivation for the round-of-16 clash between the two sides. City were handed a two-season ban from the Champions League and Europa League and face Real Madrid at the end of the month in the Champions League round of 16. City were found to have “seriously breached” their club licensing and financial fair play regulations. If the ban is upheld and City finish in the top four this season, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League will qualify for next season’s Champions League group phase. However, Pep Guardiola’s side will still be allowed to participate in the remaining fixtu...
Manchester City Banned From UEFA Club Competitions For 2 Seasons & Fined €30m
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Manchester City Banned From UEFA Club Competitions For 2 Seasons & Fined €30m

Manchester City have been banned from the UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons by Uefa and fined €30m (£25m) after they were found to have seriously misled European football’s governing body and broken financial fair play rules. UEFA handed down the punishment to the Premier League giants for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. A statement read: "The Adjudicatory Chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. "The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to coope...