UEFA have not ruled out appealing the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to clear Manchester City of their charges last month. President Aleksander Ceferin insisting only 'procedural' reasons saw the sanctions overturned.
City were fined and banned from the Champions League for what UEFA called 'serious breaches' of Financial Fair Play regulations. Last month, CAS found the charges against City were either 'not established or time-barred', and overturned the Champions League ban.
“Nobody wants to lose a case,” Ceferin told the Associated Press. “We were not happy with the decision of Court of Arbitration for Sport. But we have to respect the decision of the body that we agreed is the last instance in our decision-making process
“It (FFP) is not dead and again, Financial Fair Play was successful in this case, here were some procedural things, obviously that were decisive."
UEFA could still appeal the CAS verdict at the Swiss federal court, but such a move would be expensive with a slim chance of overturning the decision. But despite referring to CAS as the 'last instance', Ceferin did not rule out such action when asked if it would happen, simply replying: “I don’t want to enter that.”
The comments from Ceferin come less than 24 hours after chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak declared that City hold no grudges with UEFA.
“Life is too short to carry grudges,” Al Mubarak said. “It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sports and it is a competition we want to win and it is a competition we have to respect in order to win. And this was a challenge. It’s behind us, end of story as far as I am concerned. I am focused on one thing — how I can help this club compete in this competition and win it, and how to have a constructive relationship with UEFA. I think it’s the only way to go.”
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