A couple of weeks ago, Manchester City fans got the news they’d been hoping for. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, upheld their challenge against a two year Champions League ban which had been imposed by UEFA.
Action had been taken by UEFA as part of their quest to uphold the rules and spirit of FFP, with Manchester City initially facing two years without any kind of European football.
That Pep Guardiola’s side were then able to have the ban dismissed has annoyed many in charge of football clubs and associations worldwide.
One of those is Bayern Munich’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, but he doesn’t blame CAS for upholding the challenge, instead setting his sights on UEFA for failing to present their case correctly and in a timely manner.
Quoted by Kicker, the Bayern chief said: “I think the final CAS judgment came about because UEFA just didn’t do a good job, which you can hear from various sources. They were probably not well prepared.”
Rummenigge still wants FF to have a future but believes it needs changing and bringing up to date, given football has ‘changed so much in the past ten years’.
Despite being critical of UEFA and their failure, the German is happy for Manchester City’s manager: “Congratulations to our colleagues. I’m happy for my friend Pep Guardiola. I know what it means for him personally to participate in the Champions League.”