City fans plan UEFA protests tonight
Man City fans plan to protest against UEFA during tonight’s Champions League match with Real Madrid, the club’s first match in the competition since it was announced that they would be banned from it for the next two seasons – subject to appeal.
Fans have taken whistles to the Bernabeu and plan to blow them during the competition’s anthem which is played before the game.
There are also countless anti-UEFA flags and stickers in Madrid, showing the supporters’ displeasure with the organization.
Why Kevin De Bruyne’s agent won’t be in Madrid tonight
Patrick De Koster, the agent of Man City star Kevin De Bruyne, won’t be watching his client take on Real Madrid in the Bernabeu tonight because he doesn’t want to ’cause controversy.’
De Bruyne has been one of the Blues players linked with a move away from the club since UEFA announced that they would be banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons, With Los Blancos being one of the clubs touted.
But De Koster doesn’t want to fuel the rumou rs.
“l’m not going to Madrid. I don’t want to cause controversy, ”he told the
MidMid podcast “If they spot me there, they’ll say, ‘he’s in Madrid to negotiate a move’” Let’s rule it out. I have a big TV at home. No controversy. ”
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City . (Image: Photo by Alex Livesey / Getty Images)
The Blues look like they’re having fun in Madrid !
(The Leicester moment that could help Man City against Real Madrid
Gabriel Jesus has joked this season about wanting to shoot himself in the head when he is not happy with his performances so he can’t have reacted well to missing at least two sitters against West Ham last week.
A confidence player , the Br azilian just could not get the ball where he wanted it against the Hammers and as a result of his wastefulness in front of goal Manchester City’s evening was more difficult than it needed to have been. Little wonder that he found himself on the bench at Leicester a few days later, but after Sergio Aguero had missed a penalty Jesus came off the bench to win the game for the Blues.
That should have given the striker some belief back, and his (manager was particularly pleased that he had been brave enough to take the shot on having fluffed his lines and failed to test the keeper against West Ham.
You wonder, too, what the impact of Jesus’s goal will be on the rest of the team.
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City’s changing room is ready in Madrid
: KEY EVENT
But first, today’s big news … Man City file appeal with Court of Arbitration for Sport over Champions League ban
Manchester City’s appeal against UEFA’s decision to ban them from the Champions League for two years and fine them € m has been received by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The decision of UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber, for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play rules, was announced on February 46.
In confirming they have received the appeal, CAS gave little away in terms of a timeline, despite the assumption the case would be expedited given the timescales involved in next season’s Champions League.
At the moment
City’s ban is for the next two seasons of UEFA competitions they qualify for, which would rule them out of next term’s Champions League, but that is dependent on the appeal and also how quickly a decision is reached by CAS.
In confirming that City’s appeal had been lodged, a CAS spokesman said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Read the full stor y here.
Manchester City has issued the pair with lifetime bans (Image: PA)
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