Agbonlahor: Man City are victims of 'corrupt' UEFA after 'very strange' development
Diego Simeone pressured the “corrupt” UEFA to stop Atletico Madrid being fined despite an investigation into their recent game against Man City.
That’s according to former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after City were handed a financial penalty.
On 13 May, Man City were fined 14,000 euros (£11,910) for the “improper conduct of the team” due to their actions in 13 April’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.
In the final minutes of the game there was a mass brawl which resulted in Felipe being sent off.
Crucially, the disciplinary committee of UEFA has not punished Atletico, a development that does not surprise Agbonlahor.
When asked if he was surprised by the decision to only fine City, Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley, “No, not really.
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“There is corruption in football all the time. Simeone probably threatened the boss of UEFA.
“It does not surprise me. Whatever City have been fined, Atletico should have been fined 10 times that.
“It’s very strange but what do you expect in football? There has been corruption in football for years and this is another side of it.
“Anyone who watched that game knows Atletico Madrid were in the wrong.”
City progressed to the Champions League semi-finals as they were knocked out by Real Madrid.
However, if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday (22 May), they will win the Premier League.