City Football Group (CFG) may be forced to sell their stake in Girona if the Spanish side qualifies for the Champions League. The ownership group famously owns Manchester City, Girona, and a plethora of other clubs around the globe. CFG previously purchased a stake in the LaLiga club back in 2017. The transaction occurred as the team began playing in their first-ever top-flight campaign.
The investment group did not expect Girona to be in contention for the Champions League place. After all, the club has never won a significant trophy in their 93-year-old history. Nevertheless, the White and Reds now sit second in the LaLiga table. The top four finishers of the division earn automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League.
While CFG may be thrilled with their investment, UEFA rules do not allow multiple clubs owned by the same group to play in the same competition. Manchester City is almost certain to qualify for the Champions League next season. The reigning European champions also sit second in the Premier League. They remain in this season’s Champions League knockout round as well.
Man City will have to finish higher in the Premier League than Girona in LaLiga
Assuming both teams finish in the top four of their respective leagues, CFG could very well have to sell their stake in one of the clubs. The United Arab Emirates group will, however, not want to sell their prized possession. This certainly means that they will opt to sell their stake in Girona if they have to.
According to a report by The i, UEFA is monitoring the potential problem. They will, however, not issue an official ruling until next season’s Champions League clubs are set in stone. Assuming CFG does not sell either team in the coming months, only the highest-finishing club between the two would earn a place in the competition.
If Girona and Manchester City finish in the same spot in their domestic leagues, the English side would get the nod. This comes…
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Author : Chris Moore
Publish date : 2024-02-07 17:44:19
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