UEFA Champions League

UEFA Could Exclude Manchester City from the Champions League

Manchester City could not participate in the next edition of the Champions League. According to information from The ‘New York Times’, UEFA would exclude the ‘citizen’ club for economic irregularities.

According to the source quoted above, UEFA has been investigating the British club for several months. The motive? Complaints of circumvention of financial regulations.

The UEFA Financial Control Committee met two weeks ago to take a timely decision. Manchester City could be suspended from the next edition of the Champions League for this, or the 2020-21 version. It will depend on the formalization of the sanction if there is a sanction.

For several months now, the club ‘citizen’ has been under investigation by UEFA for violating the rules revealed in the latest information from ‘Football Leaks’. The Belgian Prime Minister, Yves Leterme, will have the last word, as chairman of the committee.

According to the information published, Manchester City has falsified its accounts in recent seasons, even though the club ‘citizen’ has always claimed its innocence and denied not having respected the rules of ‘Financial Fair Play’.

“The accusation of financial irregularities is false. The accounts published by the club are complete and are a matter of legal and regulatory registration, ” declared the club in early March.

The financial control rules were put in place by UEFA from 2011. The main reason is to avoid that the clubs do not take too many financial risks and generate a debt that they could not then repay.

UEFA faces a dilemma. On the one hand, we have one of the best teams at the moment. On the other hand, not to do so and to endanger its reputation and credibility.

Champions League: We Know the Referee of the Final Liverpool-Tottenham

The name of the referee for the first ever final between Liverpool and Tottenham was unveiled on Tuesday by UEFA. The Slovenian Damir Skomina will lead the actors on 1 June at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. A final to follow live on BFM and RMC Sport 1.

Big premiere for Damir Skomina. At the age of 42, after having officiated the Euro 2016 and the last World Cup, the Slovene will be leading for the first time a Champions League final. It will be a British shock between Liverpool and Tottenham on 1 June at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid (live on BFM and RMC Sport 1). An experienced referee, Damir Skomina has already directed two European finals: in 2013 at the European Supercup won 4-1 by the Atlético de Madrid De Falcao against Chelsea and in 2017 at the Europa League taken by the Manchester United by Paul Pogba 2-0 against Ajax Amsterdam.

Bad Memory for the PSG, a good for the Reds

The first referee to have refused a goal using the VAR in the Champions League in the eighth round of the final go Ajax Amsterdam–Real Madrid, Skomina who was the referee of PSG-Manchester United (1-3), is not unknown to the players of Jurgen Klopp. He has already arbitrated Liverpool this season in the victory of the group phase against Naples (1-0).