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Jose brands overturning of City's ban a 'disgrace'

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Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA

Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA

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Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has branded the decision to overturn Manchester City's European ban "a disgrace".

City saw their two-year expulsion from UEFA competitions lifted by Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, meaning they are free to compete in next season's Champions League. Their initial fine of E30million was also reduced to E10m by the CAS.

Decision

Mourinho took exception to that element of the decision, saying if they were not guilty they should not have received any punishment.

"In relation to the decision, in any case it's a disgraceful decision. If Man City is not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace.

"If you're not guilty you're not punished. In the other way, if you're guilty you should be banned. So it's also a disgraceful decision. In any case, it's a disaster. If you're not guilty, you don't pay.

"I'm not saying Man City is guilty. I'm saying if you're not guilty you don't pay. You are not punished.

"I know that money is quite easy for them but it's just a principle. Why are you paying 8-9million if you are not guilty?

"If they are not guilty, the decision is a disgrace. If you are guilty the decision is also a disgrace.

"My criticism is not for Manchester City. I'm nobody to know if they're guilty or not. My criticism is for the decision."

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