Sheffield United reportedly refuse to back joint bid over Manchester City’s European ban

Sheffield United staying out of it

Sheffield United have reportedly refused to back a joint bid against Manchester City, that would see them unable to play in Europe until their appeal is decided upon.

UEFA banned Manchester City from all European competition for two years back in February.

The Sky Blues were adjudged to have broken Financial Fair Play regulations.

However, Manchester City are now appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a statement released following UEFA’s decision, City slammed the decision.

The statement read: ‘Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.

‘With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.’

Now, Sheffield United appear to be the only top ten club not fighting against Manchester City.


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Sheffield United ‘decline’ to join joint bid against City

According to local Sheffield outlet The Star, United ‘declined to join’ the joint bid.

The bid would mean that Man City would not be able to compete in Europe until their appeal is complete.

They claim: ‘The Star understands United’s stance stems from their reluctance to be drawn into a potential legal wrangle at such a critical stage of their development, with Chris Wilder’s squad ranked seventh before the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.’ 

Sheffield United are supposedly the only team in the top ten not opposing City.

The Blades are still in contention for a European spot in the Premier League, sat 7th in the table.

Despite that, United want to concentrate on their football, not politics.


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