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Klopp reacts to overturn of UEFA ban on Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the overturn of the ban which would have seen Manchester City miss two UEFA Champions League seasons.

City was banned for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, FFP.

The ban was yesterday overturned by a Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS.

In reaction, Klopp said that he supports what FFP is trying to achieve.

“I don’t know if I can answer. It’s a serious subject. Not speaking in my native language is a problem. I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest,” he told reporters ahead of his side’s match against Arsenal on Wednesday.

“FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.

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“It is not up to me to judge this and I don’t. I just hope we stick to this FFP system and I hope it stays as it kind of gives borders where you can go to and that is good for football.

“If no-one has to care anymore it makes the competition difficult.

“I’m from Germany, we have a club basis, not an owner one. You have to get your licence every year.

“I just think we should all stick to FFP rules. I really hope it stays. It gives some borders. If the richest clubs and countries can do what they want to do, then that makes it difficult.

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“That would lead to a world league, it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs. Then you have a kind of Super League so it makes sense we have these [FFP] rules.”

Klopp said that the decision still has an advantage to Liverpool.

He added: “From a personal point of view, I am happy City can play Champions League as they have 10 or 12 games less if not and no other team would have had a chance in the Premier League.”

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