Lionel Messi thinks Manchester City ‘screwed’ by UEFA ban
Lionel Messi is believing that Manchester City have been “screwed” after UEFA Champions League ban for two seasons for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
Messi is understanding that Man City are in frustration moment for UEFA ban because they can miss important players, as well affected financially.
“It is surprising because nobody thought that such a thing could happen,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“Paris [Saint-Germain] paid a fine or I don’t know how it went. If in the end City does not play the Champions League for what it is, with the players, the club, and the money it spends, it will be weird.
“There are many players who may look for an exit or perhaps not. The Champions League is very attractive so two years without playing it is screwed.”
City intend to appeal the ban, after hitting out at UEFA over their investigation.
The case is now set to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with City also contesting a £24.6million fine.
Pep Guardiola was quick to reaffirm his commitment to the club in spite of the ban, insisting it is business as usual at the Etihad.
“It’s not finished. The club believes it’s unfair so we are going to appeal. We are going to wait,” Guardiola said.
“Why should I leave? When I said I love this club I like to be here, why should I leave? No matter what happens I will be here next season.”