Manchester City has come out quickly in response to the tough penalty imposed by UEFA, which condemns two seasons without contesting European competitions and a fine of 30 million euros. The club, “disappointed”, confirms that it will resort to the Court of Sports Arbitration to try to reduce the punishment and, in addition, charges heavily against the body, which it accuses of not acting impartially and of issuing a verdict when it had not even been Started the investigation. This is the full statement: “Manchester City is disappointed, but not surprised by today’s UEFA Chamber announcement. The club has always requested the need to seek an independent body and an impartial procedure. In December 2018, UEFA’s head of investigation publicly anticipated the result and the penalty he intended to send to Manchester City, even before any investigation began. The subsequent UEFA process was defective and constantly leaked left little doubt of its outcome. The club has formally complained to the UEFA disciplinary body, a claim validated by the Sports Arbitration Court.Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, processed by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this harmful process now over, the club will seek an impartial trial as quickly as possible and, therefore, in the first instance, will begin the necessary proceedings before the Court of Sports Arbitration as soon as possible.“.
Nacho Monreal has expressed his excitement ahead of Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the Far East.Arsenal are scheduled to travel to China this summer as part of their pre-season tour in July and the Gunners will be playing two games in Shanghai and Beijing.Having never been to China previously, Monreal is excited at the prospect of travelling to the Far East and also stressed upon the importance of regaining match fitness during the tour.Monreal told Arsenal Player: “I expect to enjoy China. I would like to have some free time to see the city, enjoy China in general and obviously train well, get fit and have good activities with our fans. It’s going to be very important for us, the friendly games, but we will play and we will give our best. “It’s a bit complicated in this moment of the season because we start to train just 10 days before the game so we probably won’t be 100 per cent fit. Obviously we want to win every single game and give a good show to the fans.”