‘Good’ is judged bad & ugly by idiotic UEFA

When UEFA’s General Secretary, Gianni Infantino claimed: “We always said we want investors in football, but good investors…” it made many wonder what European football’s governing body defined as ‘good’?

Infantile Infantino - Gianni obviously doesn't believe Sheikh Mansour is a 'good' investor at Manchester City.

Infantile Infantino – Gianni obviously doesn’t believe Sheikh Mansour is a ‘good’ investor at Manchester City.

The bald-headed Infantino, a familiar figure at the laborious and protracted Champions League draws every August, made the bizarre proclamation as UEFA once again oozed hypocrisy, using their Financial Fair Play (FFP) to discriminate against Manchester City.

Among the dictionary definitions of ‘good’ is the following; financially sound, valid, well-behaved, giving pleasure, morally excellent, beneficial, kindly, reliable.

So, what part of this laudable collection of adjectives would the 45-year old, Swiss born, UEFA bureaucrat say does not apply to Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi based owner?

What a load of balls - Infantino spouts the UEFA line on Financial Fair Play.

What a load of balls – Infantino spouts the UEFA line on Financial Fair Play.

Sheikh Mansour has invested well over a billion pounds in catapulting downtrodden City to the pinnacle of the English game, twice in the past four seasons.

In doing so he has ploughed £200m into the creation of the City Football Academy – unquestionably the finest facility of its kind anywhere in the world, and one that also delivers major social and community benefits to the City of Manchester.

Simply the best - Manchester City's £200m City Football Academy is second to none when it comes to facilities in the football world.

Simply the best – Manchester City’s £200m City Football Academy is second to none when it comes to facilities in the football world.

The regeneration of a previously ailing area of Manchester, the provision of a fertile economic environment for thousands of new jobs and the forging of an altruistic, commercially viable and transparent, relationship with Manchester City Council, cannot be underestimated or overstated.

And yet, Infantino, his boss UEFA President Michel Platini and the rest of his cronies, continue to seek to penalise Manchester City FC at every opportunity.

Poison - UEFA President Platini.

Poison – UEFA President Platini ‘WE CARE ABOUT…looking after the vested interests of the Euro old guard cartel.’

How it must have stuck in UEFA’s craw to have to announce the lifting of the FFP sanctions on City; the uncapping of the transfer budget, unfreezing of player’s wages and the reinstatement of City’s Champions League squad to a full complement of 25 players, up from 21.

Having already pinched £16.3m from City – the initial slice of a hefty £49m fine imposed last summer – UEFA were unable to grab another ‘pound of Etihad flesh’, because City had conformed to the FFP sanctions in 2014/15.

Legal Eagle - Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont is poised to bring FFP crashing down to earth.

Legal Eagle – Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont is poised to bring FFP crashing down to earth.

UEFA are still reluctant to concede ground to City, stating: “Manchester City remain under strict controls and has still to meet break-even targets and, is therefore subject to some limitations in 2016.”

Bad news for UEFA and the cosy cartel of the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manure, the traditionally influential clubs in Europe, City will do more than break-even in the next set of accounts.

Good to Great - City are blessed to have Sheikh Mansour as their owner.

Good to Great – City are blessed to have Sheikh Mansour as their owner.

They’ll be in profit…just as they would have been last season, had it not been the for the FFP fine – oh, the cruel irony!

With the legality of FFP coming under increasing scrutiny and attack from Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont, UEFA are furiously back-peddling.

Napoleon Platini and UEFA’s infantile spite towards City is heading to a day of reckoning in the European Court of Justice…and they know they’re going to come a cropper.

Who laughs last? Jean-Louis Dupont could wipe the smiles off the face of the UEFA hierarchy.

Who laughs last? Jean-Louis Dupont could wipe the smiles off the face of the UEFA hierarchy.

Why else would the nefarious nincompoops from Nyon be watering down their FFP criteria?

Dupont, who is representing Manchester City Supporters Club, Paris St Germain and an Italian football agent, has already won the first round in the courtroom – establishing that UEFA has a case to answer.

He sees UEFA’s new move to dilute the FFP rules as further proof that the whole process is illegal.

Have City got PPI? Will Txiki make the Paul Pogba Investment!

Have City got PPI? Will Txiki make the Paul Pogba Investment!

Dupont says it is even more damning and discriminatory that City are excluded from the new relaxed regulations, and remain subject to the original ‘excessive’ FFP punishments.

UEFA’s official announcement last Friday, stating City are effectively free of last summer’s fiscal constraints (a net spend of £49m), could explain Txiki Begiristain’s lack of action, thus far, in this transfer window.

Wolfman - City look set to capture KDB from the Bundesliga.

Wolfman – City look set to capture KDB from the Bundesliga.

That looks set to change on a grand scale with major targets Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all firmly in the crosshairs of City’s Director of Football.

Doubtless the anti-City media will soon be whinging how Sheikh Mansour’s ‘plaything’ is once again ‘ruining football’ – that’ll be music to the ears of the Etihad masses.

He'll cost in excess of 40 million of his surname, but Raheem Sterling is on his way to City.

He’ll cost in excess of 40 million of his surname, but Raheem Sterling is on his way to City.

Pogba’s signing would see the British transfer record smashed and, along with the signings of KDB and Sterling, there won’t be much change from £150m. Lovely!

It looks a nigh-on certainty that an £8m-£10m outlay will see the imminent arrival of Aston Villa skipper Fabian Delph, but 18-year old Turkish hot-shot Enes Unal is first in, at an even more modest £2m from Bursaspor.

Homegrown - Villa skipper Fabian Delph will help boost City's quota of English players.

Homegrown – Villa skipper Fabian Delph will help boost City’s quota of English players.

Rumour has it that City are negotiating with Monaco for their highly rated 21-year old Brazilian right back, Fabinho, with a fee of £12m-£15m in the equation.

Thus far, City’s transfer activities have been restricted to outgoings with Frank Lampard, James Milner, Dedryk Boyata, Karim Rekik and John Guidetti all departing for a total of just in excess of £5m.

City Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, in his now annual address via the City website, spoke of some familiar names who had served City well, moving on to new challenges.

Looking after business - Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised 'high quality' signing this summer to make City stronger. Courtesy @MCFC

Looking after business – Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised ‘high quality’ signing this summer to make City stronger. Courtesy @MCFC

With a need to balance the squad, as well as some of the finances, it won’t come as surprise if Balkan boys, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic head out to Roma and Inter Milan anytime soon.

First of many - Young Turk Enes Unal signs for City, pictured with Txiki Begiristain. Courtesy@MCFC

First of many – Young Turk Enes Unal signs for City, pictured with Txiki Begiristain. Courtesy@MCFC

Is Samir Nasri staying put, will Bacary Sagna and Fernando be deemed surplus to requirements – who knows what will happen before 1st September?

One thing’s for sure, City fans are set for a ‘good’ July now that Txiki is finally poised to fulfil the fundamental elements of his job description and deliver ‘high quality’ signings.

By David Walker

 www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

17 Comments

  1. July 6, 2015  7:11 pm by Mr-Ed Reply

    Great article David.
    The problem for UEFA is they didn't spot what MCFC were doing. They thought City was a benefactor model - IT WASN'T.
    All the bolting of stable doors attempted by Twantini and the G14 cartel failed to stop City - so they bent the rules by changing the FFP return completion guidance notes AFTER we submitted our 2011-12 accounts. The result being that City failed FFP by a couple of million to exclude wages before 2#June 2010 and hence the big fine.
    Even that was too late though to stop City.
    I await City's bill to be presented to UEFA when FFP is ruled illegal.

    • July 6, 2015  7:21 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for the insight and feedback. I, like you, would love to be a fly on the wall when Pratini has to return the £16.3m ill-gotten UEFA gain when Jean-Louis Dupont wins the day. It wouldn't go amiss to put together our own case for damages for loss of earnings, due to UEFA preventing us from spending appropriate sums in the summer of 2014.

  2. July 6, 2015  7:13 pm by Mr-Ed Reply

    Great article David.
    The problem for UEFA is they didn;t spot what MCFC were doing. They thought City was a benefactor model - IT WASN'T.
    All the bolting of stable doors attempted by Twantini and the G14 cartel failed to stop City - so they bent the rules by changing the FFP return completion guidance notes AFTER we submitted our 2011-12 accounts. The result being that City failed FFP by a couple of million to exclude wages before June 2010 and hence the big fine.
    Even that was too late though to stop City.
    I await City's bill to be presented to UEFA for damages when FFP is ruled illegal.

  3. July 6, 2015  7:45 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Brilliant article David & so on the nail. I just hope Sheikh Mansour has his day in court with Napoleon Pratine & his cronies, how I would love to see them squirming when a Judge declares FFP is & always has been illegal. Just would be great if the courts awarded clubs that have been wronged by UEFA through FFP damages.

    • July 6, 2015  9:08 pm by David Walker Reply

      You and me both Doug - corrupt cartel!

  4. July 6, 2015  8:32 pm by giovan Reply

    some people are trying to promote the ancient culture of barca and real Madrid to keep them unopposed can ask self on the unfairness when city vs barca red cards fly home and away, gosh we are get in sick of that

    • July 6, 2015  9:11 pm by David Walker Reply

      It does seem 'strange' that City somehow managed to have three players sent off in four games. Hopefully we'll have 'our day in court' destroy FFP, humiliate UEFA and be in a position to win the Champions League. Now that would really pee them off!

  5. July 6, 2015  9:22 pm by Sean kenny Reply

    Forgive me but can someone please explain.
    If Platini and co are operating illegally (or criminally). Why therefore can they not be removed from their positions/charged with a criminal offence.
    Aside from this point, why does Platini have any given right to be in his position after the Fifa scandal and also why is he still in his job if it is so obvious how he's unfairly (illegally) acting towards PSG/ MCFC and the like. It seems obvious he needs bringing to order.

    • July 6, 2015  11:29 pm by David Walker Reply

      As much as I'd love to see the UEFA hierarchy brought to book, there is, thus far, no suggestion of actual criminality, albeit there is a smell of collusion if not corruption. Who knows, if as we hope and anticipate, FFP is deemed to breach European Law, things might unravel further and move from civil litigation to criminal proceedings. You only have to look at how the House of FIFA is finally being made accountable - maybe the same thing will one day apply to UEFA.

  6. July 6, 2015  9:40 pm by Azubike Afoigwe Reply

    Thanks, David
    For this wonderful and inspiring article
    We shall make a huge statement in Epl and Uefa
    In this coming season..

    City till we die..

    • July 6, 2015  11:24 pm by David Walker Reply

      I hope you're right sir, it'd be a wonderful and incredibly satisfying feeling to stuff it right up UEFA's 'fundament!

  7. July 6, 2015  9:57 pm by David Potts Reply

    Another excellent article Dave. I always look forward to seeing this blog and my mates are avid readers now, too.
    As for UEFA, I wonder if they ever really did take the time to actually come to M11 and see what our club is doing for this city. It comes to something when even united fans have to grudgingly admit that the boys from Abu Dhabi are the epitome of the type of club owner that a typical fan aspires to have. It was widely quoted that a Beswick resident told a national newspaper (when all the hoo-haa about the opening of the new training ground was going on) that "our Government has never done anything for us, it took a man from the desert to do it".
    Why is UEFA unable to see what this club is about? What it has always been about? It's been crystal clear that we were never going to "do a Leeds or a Portsmouth", so the imposition of FFP can only EVER have been about the deliberate hampering of MCFC in order to benefit our rivals and the snide twisting of the knife in distributing our fine to the clubs that formed the opposition cartel was ugly. That money should have gone to grass roots football in Manchester, not to the likes of united. In this whole process, only City have maintained any dignity and I'd like to see UEFA's motives now exposed for what they were.
    The bleating and lobbying from the likes of the Fenway Sports Group (Liverpool's owners) has been shown to be what it always was, naked jealousy. They wanted to get back into the CL on the cheap. Well, if Mr Dupont is all he looks cracked up to be, they'll be bleating for a long long time.....and I love it.
    Come on City, it's OUR time.....again. You can keep your sepia tinted history, I'll keep my Sky Blue future!

    • July 6, 2015  11:23 pm by David Walker Reply

      A very fullsome, accurate and 'articulate' comment David - you should maybe have a go at this blogging caper yourself! Agree with you 100% - thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. July 7, 2015  7:50 am by Pete lynch Reply

    Spot on David, an excellent read as are the comments posted. Interesting times ahead!

    • July 7, 2015  10:39 am by David Walker Reply

      You'd like to think so and that City are in the best shape possible in readiness for August 10th. Cheers Pete.

  9. July 7, 2015  10:39 am by Richard Cooper Reply

    Nail on the head again David regarding FFP and the David Potts comment says everything.
    FFP :-
    Ill conceived at conception
    Muddled and confused in execution
    Lacks any credibility in it's death throes
    And I haven't mentioned Cartels, Corruption or illegality - That took some doing !!

    • July 7, 2015  10:41 am by David Walker Reply

      Nearly but not quite - right up until the last line...and then it all came flooding out ;-) Thanks RC.

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