Jurgen Klopp claims the the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn Manchester City’s two-year European ban was a bad day for football.
Pep Guardiola’s side are now free to compete in the Champions League again next season after the success of their appeal for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations was announced on Monday.
Klopp started his press conference by claiming he was pleased City would be allowed to compete in Europe.
He said: “It’s a serious subject. From a personal point of view I’m happy City can play Champions League last year, they don’t have 10-12 games less now in Premier League – no other team would have had a chance in the league.
“We should move my [City answer] to the end as no-one will listen to the rest! I don’t know if I can answer. It’s a serious subject. Not speaking in my native language is a problem. From a personal point of view, I am happy City can play CL as they have 10 or 12 games less if not.”
But, the German can rarely resist speaking his mind, and sure enough…
He added: “I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest. FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.
“It is not up to me to judge this and I don’t. I just hope we stick to this FFP system and I hope it stays as it kind of gives borders where you can go to and that is good for football. If no-one has to care anymore it makes the competition difficult.
“If the richest clubs and countries can do what they want to do, then that makes it difficult. That would lead to a world league, it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs.”