Simon Jordan reacts to Manchester City blow that could boost, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes that the best Manchester City can hope for in their fight to overturn UEFA’s decision to ban them from all European competitions for two years is a “slight reduction.”

City face a two-year ban from all UEFA competitions for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations.

As expected, City, who have hopes to win the Champions League this season, have said they will fight the charges in a bid to get their suspension overturned.

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But former Palace chairman Jordan, despite insisting that he expects City to fight the charges every step of the way, believes that a reduced suspension from UEFA’s competitions is probably the best they can hope for.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I think Man City will huff and puff about that and threaten whatever they can to try and get themselves out of the position that they find themselves in.

“There may well be a trade offer. CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport], in my experience, at least 90 per cent of the time the Court of Arbitration for Sport comes down on the side of the authority, in most cases. There might be an exception.

“But if there is an exception, I only see it in a slight reduction of a sanction. Maybe they will, if they don’t have the courage to give a conviction, they might reduce it to one year, if Man City put them under an enormous amount of pressure.

“But it shouldn’t be about who owns Man City, it shouldn’t be about the financial influence that they have to bare and how much they have to bring in to bare because they are so incredibly wealthy.

“It should be: are they in breach of Financial Fair Play?

“Is Financial Fair Play about the good of the game? And is it being enforced?”

Should City fail in their appeal and be forced to carry out their two-year ban, then it could be a huge boost to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in their…


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