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Jose Mourinho rages ‘the circus door is open and FFP is DEAD’ after Man City’s Champions League ban overturned

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JOSE MOURINHO fumed that Uefa’s Financial Fair Play initiative is dead after Manchester City escaped their two-year Champions League ban.

Pep Guardiola’s side won their appeal against Uefa but were still fined £9million by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has called CAS' decision 'a disgrace'

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has called CAS’ decision ‘a disgrace’Credit: PA:Press Association

It left the Portuguese boss scratching his head how CAS came to the “disgraceful decision” because he believes City must have been guilty if they were forced to pay a fine.

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle, he said: “Maybe they’re a victim, maybe they did nothing wrong and they’re a victim of paying so many millions for nothing. Maybe they are the victims.

“I think it’s going to be the end of financial fair play, because there is no point, and I repeat, and it’s the only thing I repeat because it’s clear in my mind.

“If City is not guilty, the decision is a disgrace. If City is guilty the decision is also a disgrace.”

Mourinho believes the decision will turn the transfer market into an “open circus” with clubs now paying little attention to monitoring FFP.

He added: “I would like to see City considered not guilty, and not pay one single pound.

“Or to be considered guilty, and to be banned.

“But, in this moment we are speaking about Man City.

“But in the past, other clubs were in a similar situation, and you know the results of it.

“So I think it’s better to open the circus door, and let everybody enjoy. And go inside for free, come out, go inside again, do it with freedom.”

When quizzed on whether Spurs will adopt a less pragmatic approach in the transfer market, Mourinho said the club will continue to work as usual.

He said: “Spurs is Spurs, and I don’t think Spurs change its mentality which in many aspects is more than correct.

“I am happy with the way we think here and for me that’s just it.”

“If City is not guilty, the decision is a disgrace. If City is guilty the decision is also a disgrace.”

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Guardiola had his own response to Mourinho, hitting out at his old foe by claiming his club are owed an apology.

He said: “Jose and other managers should know, we were damaged, we should be apologised to.

“If we did something wrong, we will accept the decisions from Uefa and CAS because you did something wrong.

“We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wolves etc, to defend us, but we can defend ourselves.

“We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct. It’s right.  Three independent judges said this.

Pep Guardiola believes his side are owed an apology

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Pep Guardiola believes his side are owed an apologyCredit: PA:Press Association

“It was a good day for football as we play with the same rules as all the clubs in Europe, if we’d broke the rules we’d be banned.

“We were damaged.  The people say we cheated, were lying – and many times.

“The presumption of innocence wasn’t there and after it was right, so of course now we are incredibly happy because we can defend what we’ve done on the pitch.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp blasts decision to overturn Man City’s Champions League ban as ‘not a good day for football’

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11pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho deal expected, Alex Telles ‘agrees five-year deal’, Sarr considered

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DONNY’S DISAPPOINTED

Donny Van de Beek reckons United’s performance was “not good enough” following the team’s 3-1 surprise loss to Crystal.

The Old Trafford debutant scored his side’s only goal in his first Premier League game for the Red Devils.

The former Ajax came off the bench to net for United in the 67th minute.

Van de Beek told MUTV: “‘That was not good enough today. Last week in training, it looked really good.

“There was lots of quality and we played fast but today we played too slowly.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale and Reguilon ANNOUNCED by Spurs, Jota SIGNS for Liverpool, Aston Villa sign Traore

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OLE’S GUNNAR BUY

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Man United will continue potential moves to strengthen their squad following their shock season opening loss to Crystal Palace.

The club have been strongly linked with a move for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

And the United boss is thought to be considering deals for the right price.

Solskjaer said: “We are always looking to improve if there is something out there that is available at the right price.

“We always want to strengthen. But we can all look ourselves in the mirror, instead.”

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11pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Mendy £22m deal AGREED, Rice offer ‘WILL be made’, Kepa trains with Cech

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LIKE THE LUKA

Chelsea are rumoured to be have been one of the clubs to have shown interest in Real Madrid frontman Luka Jovic.

However Sport Witness claim the Serbia international reportedly refused the option to join the Blues, and a few other European giants including Napoli and AC Milan.

Jovic, 22, is thought to have to turned down an approach from Stamford Bridge.

It’s reported the club’s approach may have taken place before Chelsea’s big money move for Timo Werner in June.

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