Finance guru: Man City 'suffering' amid new twist in behind-the-scenes feud
Uefa’s latest warning to Man City indicates that their pair’s long-running feud is very much alive and kicking.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the historic relationship between the governing body and the reigning Premier League champions.
Uefa banned City from the Champions League for two years back in February 2020 because of irregularities in their Financial Fair Play conduct.
But City overturned the decision five months later at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Uefa announced in their FFP overview last Friday (2 September) that City have only passed profit and sustainability checks in 2021-22 because of Covid deductions.
Plumley insists that City have, like all clubs, suffered as a result of the pandemic.
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But the spreadsheet wiz also suggested that Uefa would love an excuse to persecute the Abu Dhabi-financed giants.
“Uefa and City obviously have history,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“City managed to get the Champions League ban overturned a couple of years ago. All they got was a slap on the wrist and a fine in the end.
“That was a real blow to Uefa and showed that power dynamic there. It shows just how much power some of these clubs have got.
“On the other side of this, the statement is quite clear. We do have to take into account the impact of Covid. Every club suffered.
“Okay, we know City are good for it, but it’s right that we consider the pandemic’s impact.
“However, we know Uefa and City haven’t got on in the past. This line is maybe another example of that.“