UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has revealed that he was unhappy with the Court of Arbitration’s decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions, but the governing body does not plan to appeal against the ruling.
Ceferin went on to insist that even though the English club won against them this time around, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations are “not dead,” and no rich club owners will have their way in the market.
“Nobody wants to lose a case,” Ceferin said in an interview with The Associated Press, discussing the City case for the first time.
“We were not happy with the decision of Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“But we have to respect the decision of the body that we agreed is the last instance in our decision-making process.
“It (FFP) is not dead and again, Financial Fair Play was successful in this case, here were some procedural things, obviously that were decisive.
Asked about appealing to the Swiss federal court, Ceferin responded: “I don’t want to enter that.”
City saw their two-year expulsion from UEFA competitions lifted by Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning they are free to compete in next season’s Champions League, and their initial fine of 30 million euros was also reduced to 10 million euros by the CAS.