Monday, May 16

FFP VERDICT: Man City Hold Talks With UEFA As Ceferin And Al Mubarak Agree To Close Ranks

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Frankie Omokhua

Latest reports say peace talks have been held between UEFA President and Manchester City Chairman in the wake of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) disagreement between the pair., Sports Arena can confirm.

Following City’s success over the European football’s governing body which saw their two-year ban reversed on Monday, Aleksander Ceferin and Khaldoon Al Mubarak engaged in a conversation to settle their differences.

It is understood that the conversation which was initiated by Al Mubarak got the attention it deserved, with both bosses committed to ushering in a new era of friendship to develop a stronger and more constructive
bond, after what has been an incredibly hostile period between the two sides.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had on Monday settled the dispute between the pair in favour of the Premier League club.

In February, UEFA issued the ban and fined City €30million (£26.9m) for what they claimed were ‘serious breaches’ of their Financial Fair Play regulations.

However, City immediately launched an appeal and were successful when CAS found there had been insufficient evidence to prove the allegations and that some of them were ‘time-barred’ as they fell outside the five-year time limit.

City’s fine was reduced from €30m to €10m (£9m) for a failure to co-operate with UEFA’s investigation, but, the verdict was viewed as a resounding success for Pep Guardiola’s club.

Sources in Zurich, Switzerland, have disclosed that Al Mubarak initiated the contact within hours of the publishing of the verdict on Monday.

“What followed was a ‘cordial conversation. The call between two of the most powerful men in European football, was said to be ‘positive’ with both parties expressing ‘a keen desire to work closely together going forward”, a source revealed.

City’s supporters have consistently booed the UEFA anthem before Champions League matches amid a strong feeling that the club was being persecuted by European football’s governing body.

Within the walls of the Etihad Stadium, officials are keen to ensure that they are seen as humble, despite their landmark victory.

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