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‘RIP FFP’ trends on Twitter after Man City’s European ban is lifted

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Following the news of Manchester City‘s successful appeal against their two-year Champions League ban, rival fans were left more than fuming at the decision.

And that was certainly highlighted when ‘RIP FFP’ was spotted trending on Twitter with rival fans claiming that UEFA’s spending restrictions were dead after City’s European ban was lifted.

Pep Guardiola and everyone associated with City breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday morning as the verdict was heard, meaning they are free to continue competing against Europe’s elite.

Pep Guardiola breathed a huge sigh of relief as Manchester City's European ban was lifted

Pep Guardiola breathed a huge sigh of relief as Manchester City's European ban was lifted

Pep Guardiola breathed a huge sigh of relief as Manchester City’s European ban was lifted

Gary Lineker asked the question how can UEFA survive the decision to let Manchester City off

Gary Lineker asked the question how can UEFA survive the decision to let Manchester City off

Gary Lineker asked the question how can UEFA survive the decision to let Manchester City off

'RIP FFP' was spotted trending on Twitter after City's two-year European ban was lifted

'RIP FFP' was spotted trending on Twitter after City's two-year European ban was lifted

‘RIP FFP’ was spotted trending on Twitter after City’s two-year European ban was lifted

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But supporters of rival clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester were left hugely angered by the decision with the trio of clubs knowing that only a top four finish will do now in the race for Champions League football.

Meanwhile, former England international Gary Lineker posed the question how UEFA can survive this decision.

The Match of the Day pundit wrote on Twitter: ‘Hard to see how UEFA’s FFP rules can survive this. In fact, can UEFA survive the ramifications?’

One United supporter took to Twitter to slam the verdict: ‘It’s not a surprise that Man City haven’t been banned. UEFA is as dodgy as the club itself if not more. But we all knew that already. 

‘All the decision has done is completely lose the integrity of the Financial Fair Play rule. RIP FFP’

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Another fan wrote on Twitter: ‘RIP FFP! You lived and died… without doing anything meaningful!’

Another joked: ‘RIP FFP 2011-2020. Gone too soon #mancity @UEFA.’  

But despite coming in for huge criticism, UEFA are adamant that Financial Fair Play rules will continue.

A statement on Monday read: ‘UEFA takes note of the decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce the sanction imposed on Manchester City FC by UEFA’s independent Club Financial Control Body for alleged breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.

‘UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations.

Former winger John Barnes claimed Financial Fair Play rules should be replaced by a salary cap

Former winger John Barnes claimed Financial Fair Play rules should be replaced by a salary cap

Former winger John Barnes claimed Financial Fair Play rules should be replaced by a salary cap

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‘Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA remain committed to its principles. UEFA will be making no further comments on the matter.’

Meanwhile, former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes took to Twitter to give his opinion on the matter, claiming Financial Fair Play should instead be replaced by a salary cap.

Barnes wrote on social media: ‘Happy for City with decision being overturned… ffp now being called in to question… simple solution forget ffp… bring in salary cap for all teams and problem solved.

‘If teams breach those rules which is easier to prove, hit them hard and they won’t just like in US SPORTS.’

Many fans continued to vent their frustration on social media, with one Liverpool fan claiming: ‘UEFA and their FFP has just lost all legitimacy. PSG, City, Madrid, Chelsea, etc. can all now spend even more freely without fearing any consequences. UEFA mudded.’

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Another Liverpool supporter added: ‘The death of FFP. We’ve been playing by the rules for ten years under FSG, and for what?! Complete farce. May as well just scrap it now.’

And one football fan even compared financial fair play to VAR officials, saying they are both equally as pointless. 

‘FFP must be the most pointless thing in football. Alongside the VAR officials,’ the fan wrote on Twitter. 

While many bemoaned the decision, City fans inevitably flocked to social media to rejoice in the verdict going their way. 

One City fan joked that the club should now go all out in the transfer market, by signing Barcelona star and six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

The fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Now that Manchester City’s ban is overturned it is time to activate Project Messi.’

Another City supporter celebrated the decision by imitating Martin Tyler’s famous commentary just moments before Sergio Aguero’s remarkable winner against QPR that gave the club their first-ever Premier League crown in 2011-12.

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The supporter wrote on Twitter: ‘Manchester City are still alive here…’

City can now breathe easy following the decision and it will put to rest any fears over some of their star players, such as Kevin De Bruyne, leaving in search of Champions League football. 

Furthermore, the decision to lift City’s ban has now placed more importance on Chelsea, United and Leicester in the race for a top four finish after learning that fifth is no longer good enough.

And there is an intriguing battle on our hands with just a few matches of the season left for each team.

Chelsea currently occupy third while Leicester sit just one point behind in the final Champions League spot with just three matches remaining each in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, United have the chance to leapfrog both Chelsea and Leicester if they win their match in hand against Southampton at home on Monday night. 

The decision will put to bed any fears over the likes of Kevin De Bruyne leaving City

The decision will put to bed any fears over the likes of Kevin De Bruyne leaving City

The decision will put to bed any fears over the likes of Kevin De Bruyne leaving City 

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Matt Wolff on the prowl with records set to tumble as American tames Winged Foot in US Open

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All sort of historical records have moved into view following a stunning 65 from American Matt Wolff that earned him a two-shot lead after an exciting third round at the 120th US Open.

The 21-year-old Californian, who turned professional on the same day 15 months ago as US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, is in position to become the youngest winner of a major since Tiger Woods claimed the Masters at Augusta in 1997.

He could also be first man to win the US Open on his debut since Francis Ouimet stepped out of his caddie’s clothes and shocked the Old World stars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to claim the title in Boston in 1913. Spookily, that was also the last time the event was held in September.

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

There’s more. If Wolff were to follow in the footsteps of 23-year-old Morikawa and win, it would be the first time since Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen claimed the US Open and US PGA respectively in 1923 that two majors were won in the same year by players so young.

Naturally, there’s plenty that needs to go right in the final round on Sunday before the stats nerds have their day and the golf world shifts on its axis. Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will start alongside Wolff in the final pairing at only two behind. It will be some slug-fest.

Sweet-swinging Louis Oosthuizen is like a golfer from another age, but he is only four behind after a 68, while Xander Schauffele (70), Harris English (72) and Hideki Matsuyama (70), three more players looking for their first major, are five back. Surprisingly, halfway leader Patrick Reed fell away badly with a 77.

Then there’s Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has never received enough credit for his resilience and here was another classic example to continue the rollercoaster theme of his week.

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

After following his opening 67 with a 76, McIlroy bounced back into credit with a two under par 68 that left him six shots off the lead and pleased with his day’s work.

‘It was a really good round of golf,’ said the 31-year-old. ‘I executed my game plan well.

‘The idea was to hang on early over the difficult opening stretch and then make a score in the mid-dle. I feel like it’s put me right in it.’

It’s hard to imagine there will be a passage of play close to the majesty of Wolff’s incredible front nine completed in just 30 strokes.

‘Wow, that’s just amazing, I didn’t see anyone shooting close to that for the outward half,’ said an impressed McIlroy.

Last month, on his major championship debut, Wolff’s tied fourth place finish was overshadowed by the victory claimed by his friendly rival from their amateur days.

On Thursday, Wolff achieved a unique landmark, becoming the first man in major championship history to start his career with five scores in the 60s.

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

Here Wolff, with his unique trigger motion to start his back-swing, responded to the temerity of the sequence being broken with a 74 on Friday with five birdies over the outward half.

The stats said he hit just two out of 14 fairways on the day, but that’s a travesty.

On at least a half-dozen he finished in the semi-rough, and his iron shots were quite magnificent. Adding to the sense of wonder, Wolff actually missed two putts inside 12ft on that front nine as well.

Not surprisingly, the back nine was more prosaic and there were a few nervous swings on the home stretch, but Wolff, who won his third event as a pro last year by holing a 25ft putt to defeat Morikawa, re-mains in position.

A good omen is the last four players aged 24 or younger who led the US Open after 54 holes — Ernie Els, Tiger, Rory, and Jordan Spieth — all went on to win.

There was a third amateur who turned pro on the same day as Wolff and Morikawa. Norwegian Viktor Hovland finished as the leading amateur at the US Open last year — as well as the Masters — and is tied 10th at Winged Foot following a 70.

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Are we on the cusp of welcoming a Big Three for the modern era?

Only three of the 13 Englishmen playing on Thursday made the halfway cut and none will begin the final round in the top 20.

Considering he’s playing his first event in America since March and is now 47 years old, Lee Westwood is turning in a commendable show.

He shot 72 to be on the same score as Paul Casey, who had a remarkable 69, recovering from being five over par after seven to post six birdies thereafter.

The par are tied 21st while Matt Wallace shot 73 and is tied 34th.

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Chelsea agree £26million deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

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Chelsea have agreed the £26million signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes after finally reaching agreement on a payment structure. 

The 28-year-old had been allowed to undergo part of his medical a week ago after believing a deal was in place only to be called back when they failed to agree on a final fee. 

The deal is understood to be £22m plus add-ons with Mendy signing a five year contract. 

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Rennes had asked for players on loan in negotiations, notably defender Fikayo Tomori but he is expected to join Everton. 

Mendy said his farewells to teammates on Friday after playing 34 games for the club. 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has wanted a new goalkeeper to usurp much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga as his No 1. 

Mendy is set to become the seventh signing in an extraordinary summer of spending for Chelsea, which is set to top £250million. 

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta has finalised his loan to Genoa. The right-back has been at Stamford Bridge since 2017, but went on loan to Roma last season.

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

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Souness praises Arsenal’s attackers but says the rest of the team were average in West Ham win

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Graeme Souness praised Arsenal‘s front-line after their victory against West Ham, but warned the Gunners the rest of the team could cost them this season.

Mikel Arteta’s side worked hard to snatch a 2-1 victory thanks to a late goal from Eddie Nketiah. 

However it was a tough game for the Arsenal who were outperformed by the Hammers during spells of the game.

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal’s fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Following the game, Sky Sports pundit Souness warned that Arsenal’s team behind their front-three could dampen their chances of success this season.

He said:  ‘Arsenal got away with one tonight. I think it showed that Arsenal have got genuine creativity and real fire-power up front. 

‘I thought the rest of the team looked average and that might cost them as the season goes on. 

‘But when you’ve got special creative players and players that can finish them chances, that’s what the difference was tonight. 

‘At the top end Arsenal are very good, rest of it not so sure but we’ll find that out over the next nine months.’

With their victory, Arsenal have started the season with two wins out of two and sit second in the table behind Everton on goal difference.

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

Arsenal have improved massively since Arteta was appointed manager.

Souness said: ‘Arsenal were in a pretty sorry state when Arteta joined,  but they are playing with a bit of swagger right now and tails are up. 

‘They’ll watch the game back and realise they got away with it and were lucky. West Ham were spirited tonight, Arsenal were average but they’ve got these special players up front and West Ham will be feeling hard done by.’

Souness added that Arsenal will have to improve their levels of performance if they are to take a result at Anfield against champions Liverpool next weekend.

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