Former Liverpool star John Aldridge couldn’t resist sharing a dig at Manchester City and former Reds forward Raheem Sterling after Pep Guardiola’s team were banned from European competitions for the next two seasons.
Aldridge has claimed that Sterling will now look to seek a transfer move from City, similarly to how he left Liverpool in controversial circumstances in 2015.
As reported by BBC Sport on Friday evening, City have been banned from all European club competitions in 2020-21 and 2021-22 after breaching several of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
The current Premier League holders have also been fined €30 million (£25 million), and the decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. City are said to be ‘surprised’ by UEFA’s decision of a two-season ban and according to Sam Lee of the Athletic the team are ‘confident’ the ban can be overturned.
Stunned at City CL ban (2 seasons). Decision was due in December, everything indicated (on several sides) no ban. Big delay and now this 180. One thing I would say is that part of noise from top level at City was that they’re confident of no ban, even if it means they overturn it
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) February 14, 2020
Sterling who is currently embarking on his fifth season with the Citizens has established himself as one of the best forwards in world football after he joined Premier League rivals City for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £44m.
The England international, bought from Queens Park Rangers by Rafa Benitez in 2010, made his debut for the Reds in March 2012 and had become a key player for Liverpool in their 2013/14 title charge under former manager Brendan Rodgers.
However, after Liverpool had failed to qualify for the Champions League the following campaign and with Sterling approaching his 21st birthday at the end of the year, he felt compelled to seek that any prospect of silverware for the player would have to be achieved outside Anfield.
Following the two-year ban, Aldridge couldn’t resist getting in a cheeky dig at Sterling who has since won two Premier League titles since his departure.
Aldridge wrote on Twitter: “Here you go folks!!fifa have got b***s after all.Theyll do well to keep their better players who want to play on the big stage now??Sterling has his excuse already.”
Here you go folks!!fifa have got balls after all.Theyll do well to keep their better players who want to play on the big stage now??Sterling has his excuse already😉 pic.twitter.com/aC0rbbKEsM
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) February 14, 2020