Piers Morgan is hoping Arsenal can benefit from Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions. The Premier League champions were found to have broken Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by UEFA.
If City finish in the top four but fail with an appeal against the ban, the team that finishes fifth in the Premier League will earn a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Arsenal have endured a wretched campaign but celebrity Gooner Morgan believes they now have a 25 per cent chance of securing a spot in the competition.
Morgan wrote: “BREAKING: Manchester City banned from Champions League (and Europa) for next 2 seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations – and fined 30m euros.
“Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for Champions League just got 25% better…”
“Arsenal’s chances increased from 0% to 0.01%” trolled another.
A fifth Twitter user wrote: “Don’t get carried away there Piers.”
While another said: “Lol, you having a laugh?”
City have also been slapped with a £25million (€30m) fine by UEFA but the club are plotting an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A statement from the Sky Blues read: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.
“The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.
“The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”