Klopp responds on Man City ban: ‘This is not a good day for football’

While Jurgen Klopp is happy to see Manchester City in the Champions League next season, the German feels that lifting the European ban was not ‘a good day for football’. The UEFA handed City a two-year European ban for alleged breaches of the Financial Fair Play regulations. On Monday the CAS overturned the decision, lifting the European ban.

The Liverpool boss was questioned how he viewed the subject and told reporters: “I don’t know if I can answer it. It’s a serious subject. From a personal point of view I’m happy City can play Champions League next year, they don’t have 10-12 games less now in Premier League – no other team would have had a chance in the league.”

“I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest”, Klopp added. “FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and they have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.”

“If the richest clubs and countries can do what they want to do, then that makes it difficult. That would lead to a world league, it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs.”

“It is not up to me to judge this and I don’t. I just hope we stick to this FFP system and I hope it stays as it kind of gives borders where you can go to and that is good for football. If no-one has to care anymore it makes the competition difficult.”