Gary Neville believes Manchester City will win their appeal against UEFA’s decision to ban the club from the Champions League and has labelled the governing body “a hopeless organisation”.
City were fined €30 million ($48.5 million) and given a two-year ban from UEFA club competitions on Friday after an investigation into accounts submitted by the club between 2012 and 2016.
Gary Neville (left) and Jamie Carragher weighed in on the Manchester City UEFA ban on SKy Sports.Credit:Getty Images
The Premier League champions have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their punishment for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play rules.
Neville, a former Manchester United defender and joint-owner of Salford, told Sky Sports: “If owners sign up to contracts or allow contracts to be signed under their ownership, they should have money in place to fulfil those contracts and I think Man City’s owners have got that.
“I think City will beat UEFA. UEFA, I have no faith in them whatsoever. I think essentially they are a hopeless organisation who will just apply what would be erratic disciplinary sanctions for different things and I think City will beat them in the courts.”
Jamie Carragher, a fellow pundit on Monday Night Football, questioned the timing of the decision by UEFA.
Pep Guardiola’s side face Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the tournament later this month.
“I can’t believe they are in the competition now,” the former Liverpool defender said. “What would happen if City win this competition this season?
“UEFA will be desperate for Man City to get beat by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. Can you imagine people from UEFA having to give the cup in Istanbul to a Man City player.
“The first question Pep would get asked after the game: ‘is it a fake win?’
“I think for UEFA, they should have either taken Man City out of the competition right now or left this decision until the end of the season.”
UEFA declined to comment.
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