Fans of Manchester City have been reacting to a post on Twitter, which relays reports that claim clubs have appealed against City playing Champions League football next season.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League’s top ten clubs – with the exception of City and Sheffield United – have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which will hear City’s appeal against their European ban imposed by UEFA following their breaking of Financial Fair Play rules.
In reaction to the reports, which were relayed by City Chief on Twitter, fans of the club have flocked to have their say on the matter, with many stating their fury at the reported actions of the clubs, while others have claimed that the actions of the clubs are purely out of jealousy.
?| Top 10 PL clubs with exception of Sheffield United have launched a stunning bid to stop Manchester City attempting to play in the Champions League while their appeal against a two-year ban is ongoing.
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— City Chief (@City_Chief) March 24, 2020
I gave them lots of respect, now it’s time to call them rat clubs.
— Khalid (@wodrigo) March 24, 2020
Jealous.. Thats the only reason.. We will play in CL and come out unscathed ???
— Manikandan (@mani434raju) March 24, 2020
So disappointed if this is true. Its not the players that are at fault if anyone is. Maybe these teams are just so scared of playing us. Or more to the point hoping to poach some of our players.
— eileen mayall (@aveagudun) March 25, 2020
This is stupidity and hypocrisy at its highest. Seven of these clubs have a lot more to lose than MCFC ever will. The timing of this just highlights the depth of Jealousy and Ignorance with the support of the hypocritical Journalists…. We will not forget this.. Believe me… ?
— K (@cityfan4) March 25, 2020
I hope city then go and sue them for plotting against them. They’ll find a way to prosecute them ?
— email@example.com (@benpotter1509) March 25, 2020
They all will know that you cannot interfere with any appeal process. What could happen is that UEFA enter City in to the draw and if City lose the appeal their group only plays with 3 teams.
— Alan Allcock ? (@alaninknutsford) March 25, 2020
What do we think?
The reported actions of the clubs – which include the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – come following City’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, after UEFA handed City a two-year ban from European competition due to the club breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
As such, with City currently sitting second in the Premier League table and occupying one of the Champions League places, if City were not to feature in Europe’s elite footballing competition next season, it could open the door for Champions League football for the side who were to finish fifth in the league, which looks a very likely motive for the recently reported actions of the clubs.