Analysis: Rebel outsiders without a cause - how Man City’s PR belligerence brought them down

20 February 2020

Man City
Photo: PA Images Perhaps because of the lustre which his teams have brought to football, chief executive at Manchester City Ferran Soriano has always been held up as some sort of football philosopher, but his outlook is really quite pragmatic.

City’s belligerence left them isolated and friendless when UEFA laid down charges.

Officials contrast City’s approach to public with PSG, who ingratiated themselves with football’s power brokers. City – on the other hand – doesn’t have any representatives in any of the important football organisations.

When City attended meetings at UEFA the whole atmosphere surrounding them was strange. “There’s nothing unpleasant about it, just a sort of aloofness,” a source explains.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

It took only two minutes after Friday’s shock ban of Manchester City from European competition was announced for the club to come out fighting. And yesterday the club’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, went public through a statement on the club’s website claiming that “…in the end this FFP Investigatory Chamber relied more on out of context stolen emails than all the other evidence we provided of what actually happened.”

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