Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger reacts to Man City’s Champions League ban

Arsene Wenger has reacted to Manchester City's Champions League ban
Arsene Wenger has reacted to Manchester City’s Champions League ban (Picture: Sky Sports)

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has backed UEFA after they banned Manchester City from the Champions League.

It was confirmed on Friday evening that Premier League champions City had been suspended from European club competition for the next two seasons.

Man City had been found to have committed ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations, and were also ordered to pay a £25m fine.

Speaking out on the punishment, former Gunners boss Wenger said: ‘It is important for the clubs to work with the natural income they have. The rules have been created.

‘I am convinced there is an evolution to be made in the way the rules are. But they are what they are and you have to respect them.

‘People they don’t respect them by trying to get around the rules in more or less legal ways have to be punished. If it’s proven that this has been done on purpose it cannot be left unpunished.’

Wenger was critical of Manchester City’s transfer policy while still in charge of Arsenal and added: ‘They bought all my players, yes! No, I think this is a deep question.

Pep Guardiola looks set to stay at City despite the ban
Pep Guardiola looks set to stay at City despite the ban (Picture: Getty)

‘The point of sport is basically to win, but by respecting the rules. We celebrate the best in every sport but we need to know they respect the rules.

‘If that doesn’t happen it is not real sport so that’s why it’s so important. Once you play in a competition you agree to the rules.’

Manchester City confirmed they will appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But even if they are unsuccessful, manager Pep Guardiola looks set to stay at the Etihad, having told his players he was still committed in a meeting on Monday.

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