7 June 2024 - 12:15 PM


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Blind trust: How UEFA’s “temporary alternative” on MCO clubs in European competition works

  • UEFA Club Financial Control Board (CFCB) are set to approve Manchester United and Manchester City to compete in the same European competitions as their sister clubs in the coming season.
  • The CFCB will put certain conditions on the clubs, including the imposition of a “blind trust” to operate Nice and Girona. But what does this mean? And how did it work when similar restrictions were put on Toulouse last season?
  • Why it matters: The huge growth in multi club ownership has posed numerous challenges and potential conflicts of interest for governing bodies. UEFA acknowledges that their compromise for next season is only a “temporary” measure.
  • The perspective: In practical terms “a huge element of trust” is placed on MCO clubs competing in the same competition. But is this trust well placed?

With Manchester United and Manchester City expected to receive approval from UEFA to compete in the same European tournaments as their affiliated clubs next season, Off The Pitch has looked at what restrictions will be put in place to allay concerns surrounding multi-club ownership. 

United will join French club Nice, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos group, in the Europa League for 2024/25. Manchester C

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