Manchester City should not be celebrating their European ban being lifted by the CAS, says Borussia Dortmund director Hans-Joachim Watzke. The Premier League club received a two-year suspension from European football by the UEFA for breaking the rules of FIFA Fair Play. City appealed to the ban and on Monday the CAS decided the ban was not valid.
Instead, Man City received a €10m fine for failing to assist the UEFA in their investigation. The decision by the CAS has been regarded as ‘vindication’ by the club and manager Pep Guardiola. Watzke feels that the club should not be celebrating, pointing to the fact the decision was overturned by the lack of evidence not the fact they have not done anything wrong.
“Overall, it was not a good day for football. It is also a setback for UEFA. I would recommend Manchester City to stop celebrating. If you read the reasoning for the judgment, you can see that just the evidence was not valid enough. In fact, celebration should be forbidden.” Watzke is not the only major football figure to have condemned the CAS verdict. Jose Mourinho said the result was a ‘disgrace’, Jurgen Klopp admitted it was not a ‘good day for football’ and La Liga chief Javier Tebas blasted the decision.