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Man Utd face possible ban from Champions League after Sir Jim Ratcliffe takeover.

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Manchester United may be barred from the Champions League following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition.Manchester United may be barred from the Champions League following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s takeover.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the chief executive officer of INEOS, is expected to purchase a 25 percent stake in Manchester United, thereby expanding his company’s club portfolio to include the in-form Nice.Next season, Manchester United may be subject to a prohibition from entering Europe due to the involvement of Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

 

The Glazers and British billionaire Daniel Ratcliffe are nearing an agreement worth £1.3 billion that will allow his company, INEOS, to obtain a 25 percent stake in Manchester United. The Glazers intend for this to be the initial phase of a staged acquisition. However, the fact that Ratcliffe’s petrochemical conglomerate already owns Nice, a French club, threatens the Red Devils’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League.The only way United and Nice could both qualify for Europe’s upcoming season under UEFA’s current “multi-club ownership” regulations is if one club automatically advances to the expanded Champions League group stage and the other enters the Conference League directly. A UEFA source told the Sun that the situation is “clear,” as Article 5.02 of UEFA’s regulations prohibits teams controlled by the same party from competing against one another in the same competition.If both teams finish in contention for the Champions League places in their respective divisions, the team that finishes higher will be granted qualification, while the other will be barred from entering Europe. United would receive the advantage, however, if they finished in the same position, due to England’s position atop UEFA’s “access list.”

Both the Red Devils and Nice, who are currently second in Ligue 1 and sixth in the Premier League, were granted optimism earlier this year when UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin suggested that their multi-club ownership regulations would be relaxed in the near future during a conversation with former Manchester United captain Gary Neville.

 

“We are not solely focused on Manchester United,” Ceferin disclosed in March on the Overlap. “Five or six club owners have expressed interest in purchasing another club.” Observe what needs to be done. We have two possibilities: either maintain the status quo or permit them to participate in the same competition.At this time, I am uncertain. We must discuss these regulations and determine the best course of action. Increasing interest is being shown in this multi-club ownership structure. We should not simply reject investments for multi-club ownership; rather, we must determine what kind of regulations to implement in that situation, as they must be stringent.

 

“From one perspective, it is accurate to state that if you own two clubs participating in the same competition, you could instruct one club to lose in order to ensure the victory of the other. However, as a football player, do you believe it is so simple to inform a coach that the team should forfeit the game because the other team is determined to win?

 

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