UEFA shook the entire footballing world on Friday as they banned Manchester City from being able to compete in the Champions League for two straight years and also handed them a €30m fine (£25m).
The reason behind the ban is the alleged breach of the Financial Fair Play rules as the Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found the Citizens guilty of “overstating its sponsorship revenue” between 2012 and 2016.
And now, with no European football for them in the coming years – should the ban stand – there’s a question whether the club will be able to keep all their star players at the club, with a mass exodus naturally being feared among sections of the fanbase.
Pep Guardiola’s future is included within that, and Sky Sports asked one of the club’s former players, Shaun Goater, whether he thinks the Catalan gaffer will remain in Manchester if the two year ban is upheld.
Here’s what he said, as quoted by Sky Sports:
“I think he will stay. The project here at City is not complete. I also think outside of City, where does Pep Guardiola go?”
"I think he will stay. The project here at City is not complete. I also think outside of City, where does Pep Guardiola go?"
Shaun Goater believes Pep Guardiola will remain in charge at the Etihad, even if Man City's two-year ban from European competition is upheld. pic.twitter.com/iPtvYpGH20
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 17, 2020
Of course, we still don’t know what will happen with the club and whether the sentence will be reduced with City aiming to appeal UEFA’s decision and fight against this ruling.
But one way or another, this is bound to have a major impact on the footballing world as a whole and not just on the current Premier League champions.