Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has branded the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn Manchester City’s European ban ‘a disgrace.’
Jurgen Klopp on the other hand simplified it as a ‘bad day for football’.
Manchester City saw their two-year expulsion from UEFA competitions lifted by Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, July 13, meaning they are free to compete in next season’s Champions League.
CAS, however, reduced Man City’s initial fine of 30million euros to 10million euros [just under £9million], but Jose Mourinho says if they were not guilty they should not have received any punishment.
“In relation to the decision, in any case it’s a disgraceful decision. 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. 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 8-9million 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.”
Jurgen Klopp’s main bane was the impact on FFP, which the German thinks remains important in the game.
He said: “I absolutely don’t wish anybody anything bad. I’m happy that City can play in the Champions League, but I don’t think it was a good day for football (on Monday) to be honest.
“I think FFP is a good idea. It’s there for protecting teams and protecting competition, that was the idea from the start – so that nobody overspends and clubs before the season have to make sure that the money they want to spend is based on the right sources, let me say it like that.
“I only read a little bit about the wording (of the City case) and why it was like it was, and it’s not up to me to judge these things and I don’t.
“I only think this FFP frame, which is for all of us, we all should stick to. It makes sense we have these kind of rules.
“I really hope FFP stays because it gives at least kind of borders where you can go to but not over. That’s good for football.
“If you start doing that nobody has to care any more at all, then the richest people or countries can do whatever they want in football. That would make the competition really difficult.
“I think that would lead automatically to kind of a world super league with 10 clubs – I don’t know the clubs, but it wouldn’t depend on the names of the club but on the people who own the clubs.”