Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed the UEFA for their case against Manchester City for allegedly breaking the rules of Financial Fair Play. The UEFA issued City a two-year ban from European football in February but saw an appeal by City succeed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 13.
City’s ban was overturned and instead of a €30m fine, the club has to pay a €10m fine for not cooperating with the UEFA during the investigation. Several influential managers in the footballing world expressed their dismal at the decision, including Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and LaLiga president Javier Tebas.
And now Rummenigge has joined them but not to point the finger at City or the CAS but at the UEFA. “I believe the final decision made by CAS was an outcome because the UEFA panel responsible for Champions League matters didn’t do a great job, it’s looking like,” the Bayern chief told a press conference on Monday. “What I heard from different sources is that it was not well organised in advance.”
Rummenigge feels that the rules of FFP must be changed to avoid future controverse. “We have to modify Financial Fair Play because in the past 10 years, football has changed dramatically in [terms of] the financial behaviour and so we have to find different tools.” Despite disagreeing with the ban lifted, he congratulated City: “Congrats to the colleagues of Manchester City that they can participate next year in the Champions League and the year after as well.”