Jose Mourinho has suggested that the decision to allow Manchester City back into European football as ‘disgraceful’.
The Citizens were originally handed a two-year ban from all European football by UEFA for allegedly breaking Financial Fair Play rules. They were acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday morning upon appeal, allowing them to play in the UEFA Champions League. Their only punishment was a €10m fine, a reason for which Mourinho has found exception to the decision.
Talking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Newcastle United, the Portuguese said: “In the case it’s a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty of it then you are not punished with €10m.
“If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition.
“I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not but either way it’s a disgraceful decision.”
Whilst City will certainly be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season, it is doubtful as to whether Spurs will be playing in any kind of European football next season. The North-Londoners currently sit eighth in the table ahead of the final three matches of the season.
They can be backed at a price of 4/1 with Betfair to finish in the top six come the end of the campaign.