Jose Mourinho has branded the decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-year European ban as a ‘disgrace’ before claiming Monday’s verdict spells the end of Financial Fair Play.
UEFA initially handed City a European ban for breaching FFP regulations, but City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and subsequently had the ban taken away. A fine of €30m (£27m) handed to City was also reduced to €10m (£9m).
The Tottenham boss was perplexed with why City were fined £9m if they were ‘not guilty’ before suggesting that if they were guilty, then their ban from UEFA’s European competitions should be upheld.
‘In any case it’s a disgraceful decision,’ Mourinho said in his Tuesday press conference when asked about CAS’s verdict.
‘If Man City is not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace. If you’re not guilty you’re not punished. In the other way, if you’re guilty you should be banned. So it’s also a disgraceful decision. In any case, it’s a disaster.
‘If you’re not guilty, you don’t pay. I’m not saying Man City is guilty. I’m saying if you’re not guilty you don’t pay. You are not punished, even with a pound.
‘I know that money is quite easy for them but it’s just a principle. Why are you paying eight or nine million pounds if you are not guilty?
‘If they are not guilty the decision is a disgrace. If you are guilty the decision is also a disgrace. If you’re guilty you should be banned from the competition. My criticism is not for Manchester City I’m nobody to know if they’re guilty or not. My criticism is for the decision.’
When asked if City got lucky with the decision, Mourinho added: ‘Maybe they got unlucky. Maybe they don’t deserve to be punished by one single pound and they were punished in eight or nine million pounds. Maybe they were unlucky.’
When asked about the state of FFP and where that leaves Spurs, Mourinho insisted that he was happy with how the north London club operates but claimed ‘the circus door is open’ which will allow everyone to spend whatever they want.
‘Spurs is Spurs and I don’t think Spurs change this mentality and in this aspect it’s more than correct,’ he added. ‘I’m happy with the way we act here. I think it’s the end of financial fair play.’
Sportsmail understands that any challenge of the ruling by UEFA to the Swiss Federal Courts is ‘unlikely’.
CAS released their verdict on Monday morning, and said: ‘Most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB (UEFA’S Club Financial Control Body) were either not established or time-barred.
‘As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.’
A City statement read: ‘Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present.
‘The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.’