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The Daily Bee(July 13th, 2020): Manchester City escape consequences

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  • City dodge punishment

So this is obviously the big European soccer news of the day. The CAS has overturned Manchester City’s two year ban from European competition. Manchester City was handed the ban from UEFA earlier this year for violation of FFP regulations. Namely they were overstating how much money they were making from advertising contracts. Now this probably comes no surprise to anyone. Manchester City were purchased by a holding company beholden to the UAE in 2008 and have spent a incredible amount of money since. The CAS ruling fines Man City for their constant obstruction of any investigation of their financing. Having a team owned by a country that is effectively a dictatorship was always going to lead to corruption of the rules set up by UEFA. UEFA itself is a mess and constantly embroiled in corruption scandals so there is no surprise they were not able to effectively stop teams from breaking their own rules.

This ruling is objectively bad news for BVB. Man City is another one of the European giants that can outbid us for players. If there is any good news to come out of this its that we can see Ilkay Gundogan succeed on the big stage moreoften.

  • Haaland gets thrown out of club

Looks like Haaland is enjoying the off season. Video taken over the weekend shows our star striker getting thrown out of a club. I’m not too worried about this as a fan. He’s young and young drunk people act stupid. Case closed.