Jose Mourinho brands decision to lift Manchester City’s 2-year ban as 'disgraceful'

Jose Mourinho brands decision to lift Manchester City’s 2-year ban as 'disgraceful'

- Jose Mourinho is an arch rival of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

- Manchester City’s two-year-ban from European football was overturned, but they were still fined

- The Tottenham boss has branded the decision as disgraceful

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Jose Mourinho has expressed disappointment at the decision to lift Manchester City’s two-year European ban, claiming that the FFP is truly dead.

The Citizens’ two-year Champions League ban was overturned on Monday July 13 and the Premier League club are now eligible to compete in next season's competition.

Pep Guardiola's side were previously handed a two-season ban from competing in Europe after they were found guilty of transfer irregularities.

City were also slammed with a staggering €30million fine after they were initially found guilty of breaking financial fair play rules.

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The Citizens got into the hook of Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) following a discovery that it misled UEFA by increasing its sponsorship revenues when submitting accounts as part of the FFP compliance process.

The Etihad outfit appealed the ban and it has now been lifted and they will compete in next season's competition but they were handed a fine of £9million for failing to cooperate.

Angry Jose Mourinho brands UEFA’s CAS as 1 thing for lifting Manchester City’s European ban
Jose Mourinho exchanges pleasantries with City boss Guardiola. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Mourinho was perplexed with why City were fined £9m if they were 'not guilty' before suggesting that if they were guilty, then their ban from UEFA's European competitions should be upheld.

“In any case it's a disgraceful decision,” Mourinho said in his Tuesday press conference when asked about CAS's verdict.

“If Man City is not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace. If you're not guilty you're not punished. In the other way, if you're guilty you should be banned. So it's also a disgraceful decision. In any case, it's a disaster.

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'If you're not guilty, you don't pay. I'm not saying Man City is guilty. I'm saying if you're not guilty you don't pay. You are not punished, even with a pound.

“I know that money is quite easy for them but it's just a principle. Why are you paying eight or nine million pounds if you are not guilty?

“If they are not guilty the decision is a disgrace. If you are guilty the decision is also a disgrace. If you're guilty you should be banned from the competition. My criticism is not for Manchester City I'm nobody to know if they're guilty or not. My criticism is for the decision.” earlier reported that Pep Guardiola posted a selfie of him and other backroom staff of the club as they celebrated the victory.

Manchester City are now eligible to participate in next seasons' UEFA Champions League.

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