Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he had sympathy for his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola in the wake of the English champions ’ two – year ban from European football .
The ban was dished out by UEFA for the club ’ s alleged breaching of Financial Fair Play rules.
Manchester City’ s domestic title challenge are all but over , with Liverpool 25 points ahead after beating Norwich City 1 – 0 away on Saturday .
But Klopp said the news on Friday about the European ban for the Manchester club had taken him by surprise .
“ It was a shock . Complete wow !” he said .
“ The only thing I can say is about football .
What they have done on the football pitch is exceptional .
The rest, I don’ t know .
“ I really feel for them , Pep and the players , but that is how it is.
They can appeal .
So , we will see what happens then.
It is obviously serious .
“ But the football they played was exceptional and will always be exceptional . ”
European football’ s governing body UEFA said Manchester City had committed “ serious breaches ” of its FFP regulations .
This was by “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break – even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. ”
Manchester City denied any wrongdoing and said they would appeal to the Swiss -based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ).
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