Man City’s successful appeal against their Champions League ban labelled a ‘huge win for the club’ by Gary Lineker while Liam Gallagher rejoices: ‘What was that about being banned from Europe… sit down p********’
UEFA had originally banned City from European football for two years following breaches to Financial Fair Play but that initial decision was eventually reversed on Monday.
And following the eagerly-anticipated verdict, the likes of Gary Lineker and Liam Gallagher took to social media to have their say – with the latter unsurprisingly joyous about the decision.
Pep Guardiola breathed a huge sigh of relief after Manchester City’s European ban was lifted
Gary Lineker labelled Monday’s verdict as a ‘huge win’ for the Premier League outfit
Liam Gallagher rejoiced in the decision to allow City to play in the Champions League
Former England striker Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter: ‘Manchester City’s ban has been lifted on appeal. Still a fine to be paid, but a huge win for the club.’
The Match of the Day pundit then later tweeted: ‘Hard to see how UEFA’s FFP rules can survive this. In fact, can UEFA survive the ramifications?’
Furthermore, one of City’s most famous fans, Liam Gallagher took to Twitter to express his delight while rubbing it in rival fans’ faces.
The former Oasis lead singer said: ‘What was that about being banned from Europe sit down P******** MCFC x.’
Former winger John Barnes claimed Financial Fair Play rules should be replaced by a salary cap
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes also gave his opinion on the matter, suggesting that Financial Fair Play should be scrapped for salary caps.
Barnes expressed his feelings on Twitter: ‘Happy for City with decision being overturned… ffp now being called in to question… simple solution forget ffp… bring in salary cap for all teams and problem solved.
‘If teams breach those rules which is easier to prove, hit them hard and they won’t just like in US SPORTS.’
City can breathe easy now knowing they are free to continue playing against Europe’s elite teams.
Manchester City’s coaching team, left-right, Manel Estiarte, Txiki Begiristain, Pep Guardiola, Omar Berrada and Ferran Soriano celebrate the news of the club’s ban being overturned
There were fears that if the two-year suspension had been upheld, that they may lose their star players – including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne – in the search of Champions League football.
But following Monday’s verdict, Guardiola and his coaching team celebrated the news by posing for a photo together for Instagram.
While everyone associated with City celebrates, it certainly wasn’t happy reading for Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester.
With the trio originally hoping that fifth place in the Premier League would be enough to secure Champions League football, they now know that only a top four finish will suffice.
The race for a top-four finish in the Premier League has intensified following Monday’s verdict
There is an intriguing battle developing in the race for top four with the season soon coming to an end.
Chelsea currently occupy third while Leicester sit just one point behind in the final Champions League spot with just three matches remaining each in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, United have the chance to leapfrog both Chelsea and Leicester if they win their match in hand against Southampton at home on Monday night.