Jose Mourinho labels Manchester City European ban decision as ‘disgraceful’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho, has labelled the recent decision to change Manchester City’s European ban as ‘disgraceful’.

Spurs were potentially lined up as one of the Premier League teams set to profit from the ban of Pep Guardiola’s side next season as they pushed for Champions League qualification.

A Man City ban could potentially have opened up fifth-place in the Premier League as a Champions League qualification space, as well as eighth as a potential Europa League spot.

However, as things stand, the standard top four will qualify for the 2020/21 Champions League season, including Manchester City themselves.

While Mourinho has been left unhappy by the unfolding events, he did not hit out at the decision to remove Man City’s ban itself.

Instead, the Spurs head coach claimed that Man City should have either been given the entire punishment if they were guilty or no punishment if they were innocent.

As it stands, the Citizens have been given a 10 million Euro fine (down from 30m) but no European ban (BBC).

Football London report that Mourinho had this to say in his pre-match press conference today:

“In the case, it’s a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty of it then you are not punished with 10m.

“If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition.

“I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not but either way it’s a disgraceful decision.

“Spurs is Spurs and I don’t think Spurs change this mentality and in this aspect it’s more than correct. I’m happy with the way we act here. I think it’s the end of financial fair play.”

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