La Liga president Javier Tebas is one of the most influential leaders in world football. Tebas supported CAS for Manchester City ban from UEFA but has reacted irately after City will carry-on to play for in the Champions League.
Europe’s governing body UEFA had banned City in February for breaching their Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 to 2016.
Pep Guardiola’s side were initially banned from the competition as CAS charged City with the concealment of equity funding over the three years.
However, City won their appeal to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) on Monday. CAS lifted the ban as the authorities failed to investigate with any sort of alleged financial concealment.
Manchester City regarding their appeal to CAS statement read:
“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”
La Liga boss Tebas was strong of City’s boycott, and is obviously troubled to see that the ban has revoked.
“We have to reassess whether the CAS is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football.” – he said.
“Switzerland is a country with a great history of arbitration, the CAS is not up to standard.”
Tebas was clearly content with the UEFA after City were banned back in Feburary:
“UEFA is finally taking decisive action.” – he said
“Enforcing Financial Fair Play rules and punishing financial doping is essential to the future of football.
“Years ago, we called for severe action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Better late than never.” – he added.
Manchester City also bids for a hand at this season’s Champion League silverware as they play Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in August.
In the first leg of Round of 16, City beat Real Madrid for the first time in their history in a 2-1 triumph.
Pep Guardiola’s side are ready to host Los Blanco’s at the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of Round of 16.
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