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Emmanuel Petit thinks Pep Guardiola could use Manchester City’s Champions League ban as an opportunity to quit the club.
City have been banned from competing in European competition for the next two seasons by The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in February.
The club also were hit with a €30 million fine, as they were found to have committed “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play (FFP) while submitting inaccurate information to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. They were also found to have “failed to cooperate” with the investigation.
A few days later, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have confirmed they have received an appeal from Manchester City.
The coronavirus outbreak could have helped City with its appeal. They could still find themselves playing in next season’s Champions League, even if the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds UEFA’s ban.
A statement released by the court on the appeal being lodged said that ‘it is not possible’ to say when the matter will be resolved.
Depending on how long the process takes, they may have to be admitted for 2020-21. City could ask for a stay of the ban until future season even if they lose their appeal.
However, eight of the Premier League’s current top 10 have reportedly launched a joint bid to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to prevent Manchester City’s Champions League ban being stayed.
Petit thinks it may be the chance for Guardiola to jump ship and take a leave.
“I think that could be an option for him [quitting City in the summer due to the Champions League ban],” Petit told the Mirror. “It could be an opportunity for him to step back and have some rest. It wasn’t a long time ago that he seemed clearly tired of being manager.”
Petit thinks that Man City will have far bigger problems to worry about than the departure of their manager.
“You never know what could happen, but for me the biggest worry is not what could happen if Guardiola leaves the club – there will be another manager coming if he leaves – for me the future of City is not linked with Guardiola forever,” Petit continued.
“For me the main worry is what would happen to Manchester City if the ban is still on the table after the appeal. Everything that City has been doing for the past five, six, seven years, in terms of investment.
“Everything they have been building could be ending soon. It could change everything at the club. Top players want to play in top competitions.”