Jurgen Klopp: lifting Man City’s ban not a good day for football


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the decision to lift Manchester City’s ban was not a good day for football and claims he still supports Financial Fair Play (FFP).

City were cleared to play Champions League football next campaign after their two-year ban from European football was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday morning.

But Klopp believes the decision could work in Liverpool’s favour next campaign with City competing on four fronts, but says the decision to overturn the ban could have a negative impact on football.

“I am happy that City can play in the Champions League but I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest,” said Klopp.

“Just because I think FFP is a good idea. It’s there for protecting teams, protecting the competition.

“That was the idea at the start, that nobody overspends and stuff like this. Clubs have to make sure that money they want to spend is based on the right sources.”

Klopp added: “I really hope that FFP stays because it gives at least kind of borders that you can go to but not over, which is good for football.

“If you start doing it so that nobody cares anymore, the richest people or countries can do what they want to do and that would make the competition really difficult.

“I think that would automatically lead to a world super league, with like 10 clubs.”

However, Pep Guardiola said that Man City deserved an apology after their two-year ban from European competition was lifted.

Guardiola said: “We should be apologised [to].

“If we did something wrong, we will accept the decision. But we have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct. Three independent judges said this.


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