'Massive' - Exclusive: Danny Mills shares instant reaction to CAS decision on Man City
Danny Mills believes UEFA have been left with ‘red faces’ after Man City successfully overturned their two-year ban from European club competitions.
The former Man City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, declared the result was a ‘brilliant win’ for his old side but believes UEFA should be embarrassed by the outcome.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) announced the club were cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions” and City saw their fine reduced from 30m euros (£26.9m) to 10m euros.
And Mills believes Europe’s governing body should have built a stronger case against Pep Guardiola’s side.
“UEFA have been undone by their own rules”, Mills told Football Insider today.
“It seems very, very strange that UEFA have charged them, sentenced them to a two year ban and a 30million fine when they did not have a cast iron case.
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“It is a brilliant win for Manchester City and a good win for football. But very red faces at UEFA this morning.
“There are massive holes in UEFA’s case and surely they now have to come up with answers as to why that happened.
“City were confident and given the verdict they were right to believe that.”
Uefa issued the ban in February after ruling City had committed “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016.
Cas ruling now means the 2018-19 Premier League champions are guaranteed a place in Europe’s premier competition next season after securing 2nd place in England’s top tier.
In response to the verdict, City declared the decision was “validation of the club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present.
“The club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,” they added.
City will now turn their attentions to this season’s competition, where they face Real Madrid in their last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on 7 August.
They lead 2-1 from the first leg and will place Juventus or Lyon if they progress to the next stage.
In other Manchester City news, Pep plots raid for £40m-valued Everton star, may offer Stones in part-exchange.
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