Arsene Wenger reacts to Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions

Ruben Hill
February 19, 2020

After Manchester City were slapped with a two-season UEFA Champions League ban and a massive fine, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who now works for Federation Internationale de Football Association, has shown no sympathy for the Premier League champions.

Should Manchester City fail in their appeal to upturn the decision of UEFA, then Pep Guardiola must boost the morale of his players to win this season's Champions League.

Former Arsenal boss Wenger is in favour of capping finances but believes further work is needed to ensure there can be no questioning the legality of certain actions.

As a result, City are deemed to have breached UEFA's financial fair play regulations.

FIFA's Chief of Global Development Arsene Wenger wants to see changes brought into the interpretation of offside before the start of Euro 2020 in June.

Wenger is of the opinion that clubs should follow the rules that have been laid out and even though they might need some changing, clubs should respect them at all times. The rules have been created. People they don't respect them by trying to get around the rules in more or less legal ways have to be punished.

"If it's proven that this has been done on goal, you can not let that go unpunished".

"If there is no respect for the rules it is not real sport". Somebody has not said "let's do that".

"But this is the sanction that is planned if the clubs don't respect the rule".

The decision came as a shock for Manchester City coaching crew, fans and the players with reports claiming that some of the big stars at the Etihad stadium could be leaving this summer if the ban is not lifted.

However, Guardiola has reportedly told the players he will remain at the club regardless of the outcome of the appeal to CAS.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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