UEFA Fines Manchester City For Tardiness, Outrage EnsuesBy: The Offside | April 11th, 2012
Oh dear, this isn’t going to turn out well at all.
UEFA has imposed a â‚¬30,000 on Manchester City for tardiness in the Europa League after fining Porto â‚¬10,000 for racism against two of City’s players.
Outside of a strict, “All fines are relative to the clubs’ bank accounts.” clause, UEFA’s PR team might want to put on several pots of coffee and get crackin’.
There were rumblings whether or not the racism had been chanting directed at Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure or a more innocuous cooing for the at Hulk, endearing chanting which Porto said was not uncommon. UEFA apparently decided it was the formerer, considering they imposed any fine at all.
Perhaps it’s a bit more complicated. Perhaps there’s far more beneath the surface, with it entirely possible this involves television rights considerations. That doesn’t mean it will be swallowed any easier.
Manchester City have been fined â‚¬30,000 (Â£24,740) by Uefa for delaying the start of the second half of their Europa League last-16 first-leg with Sporting Lisbon last month.
The punishment comes a week after another Portuguese club, Porto, were fined only Â£16,700 by Uefa for their fans’ racial abuse of City players in the same competition in February.
City’s Mario Balotelli and Yaya TourÃ© were both subjected to monkey taunts during a last-32 game at the Estadio do DragÃ£o, prompting a complaint from the English club.