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Jamie Carragher concerned that Manchester City could make 'mockery' of Champions League

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his viewpoint regarding Manchester City’s UEFA ban from European competitions.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 02, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola’s current league holders have been handed a two-year ban from both the Champions League and Europa League pending an appeal via the Court of Arbitration for Sport for allegedly overstating sponsorship revenue and failing to co-operate with the subsequent investigation.

City claim that the Uefa adjudicatory chamber reached their decision via a “flawed and consistently leaked process” which was “prejudicial” and the club actively deny the charges.

A lengthy appeals process could even see the ban not come into place next season but Liverpool’s Champions League-winning former vice-captain Carragher thinks that City should be out of this season’s competition already.

“UEFA will be desperate for Man City to lose to Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. Could you imagine someone from UEFA having to give the cup in Istanbul to a Man City player?

“The first thing Pep Guardiola would be asked is if this was a fake win, getting asked questions about the merits of the club, they’re in a competition now where if they win it, it’ll almost be tainted.

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“It will be the biggest thing City have ever done, it’s the biggest thing you can win, but the things that would be getting thrown at Guardiola and the players five minutes later will be about whether they should be in the competition.

“I think UEFA they should have either taken City out of the competition right now or wait until the end of the season.”

Carragher was speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s clash at home to Manchester United on Monday Night Football.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City speaks during the press conference at Manchester City Football Academy on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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The question to how this benefits Liverpool in the long-term remains to be seen.

Whilst Manchester City are still confident of avoiding a ban altogether it could have serious repercussions in the distant future regarding the club’s attempt to breach the gargantuan gap that currently lies between them and English champions-elect Liverpool.

If the Citizens are found guilty and banned from the UCL then the club will have a tough task of balancing the books financially if the club are to lose a huge chunk of their income.

City posted a profit of £10.1 million last season but brought in £77 million from the Champions League, not including gate receipts.

If Guardiola’s team were to lose this huge sum of yearly cash it could mean they will have to sell some of their most prized assets just to balance the books due to the clubs inflated wage system.

Another determining factor is that the financial shortfall for the players is not limited to missing out on Champions League match bonuses, either. Whilst clubs can often pay bonuses for awards, such as the Ballon d’Or, which is considered far more difficult to win if a player is not competing in the Champions League.

With the gulf between Liverpool and the rest of the league currently at an unquantifiable bracket, with the Reds’ greatest threat to any future success in the midst of a continental scandal, it really does put into perspective just how an incredible a job Jurgen Klopp and FSG have done in recent years.


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