Hatem Ben Arfa mocks former boss Unai Emery after Rennes stun Arsenal in Europa League

first_imgAdvertisement Hatem Ben Arfa fell out with Unai Emery at PSG (Picture: Getty)Rennes star Hatem Ben Arfa couldn’t resist a dig at former manager Unai Emery after his side’s 3-1 win against Arsenal.The French side take a two-goal lead to the Emirates next Thursday after they saw off 10-man Arsenal in north-west France.Emery managed Ben Arfa during his time at PSG and fell out with the hot-tempered Frenchman, consigning him to the club’s reserves for around 15 months.Ben Arfa is now suing his former club for a loss of earnings and he took a dig at Emery after Rennes’ win, claiming the Spaniard ‘hasn’t changed’.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 10:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link359Shares Hatem Ben Arfa mocks former boss Unai Emery after Rennes stun Arsenal in Europa League Advertisement Ben Arfa was the catalyst for his side’s win (Picture: Getty)‘My motivation was to play a solid match, to win and get ourselves into a good position to go through,’ said Ben Arfa.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That’s what was in my head.‘But I did see the same Emery, as agitated as ever. I looked over at him a few times and that made me laugh a little. He hasn’t changed.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalRennes scored immediately after Sokratis’ red card and the French side capitalised on their man advantage.Nevertheless, Emery is confident that his side will progress to the last-8.‘The result for the first 90 minutes is hard for us but we are going to start the next match next week with 11 vs 11 and with the same respect we have had the first half,’ said Emery.‘We are going to do that at home. ‘I have confidence with our players, our supporters helping us’.MORE: Paul Merson and Phil Thompson explain why Alexis Sanchez has flopped at Manchester United Commentlast_img read more

Financial rules at risk of being ‘scuppered’ if Man City overturn European ban

first_imgManchester City fortunes have been transformed by owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s takeover of the club in 2008London, United Kingdom | AFP |  European football’s financial fair play rules risk being “scuppered” if Manchester City overturn their two-season ban from continental competition, according to a soccer analyst.UEFA announced the punishment on Friday and also imposed a fine of 30 million euros ($32 million, £25 million) on the English champions for what it said were City’s serious breaches of its FFP regime.City, however, wasted little time in responding by saying they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope of securing an “impartial judgment”.Since the Sheikh Mansour takeover in 2008, which put the financial might of Abu Dhabi behind them, City have won 10 major trophies — including four Premier League titles.Yet the prize that has eluded them is the one the Abu Dhabi project most desires — the UEFA Champions League.The Chinese government have provided City with additional backing, as has US private equity firm Silver Lake.They are all set to ensure City has a no expense spared legal team that will challenge the validity of UEFA’s ruling.Should City succeed, the entire FFP system could collapse, according to Professor Simon Chadwick, director at the Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry.– ‘Transnational power’ –“In essence UEFA has to try to win this because, if it doesn’t win or is undermined in any way, then its position on Financial Fair Play begins to unravel…FFP is scuppered,” Chadwick told Britain’s Press Association news agency.“However, they are not taking on Wigan, they are taking on Asian governments, US tech investors and some of the smartest, most-talented people in football.“It is transnational power versus localised governance.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was just one of several leading football figures stunned by the severity of the UEFA punishment. “It was a shock,” said Klopp, whose Champions League title holders are on well on course to succeed City as champions of England.“What they have done on the football pitch is exceptional. The rest, I don’t know,” added Klopp, speaking after a 1-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturdy saw leaders Liverpool extend their advantage over second-placed City at the top of the Premier League to 25 points.UEFA say City have breached FFP rules that place restrictions on how much money a club can lose.Over a three-year period, clubs are not permitted to lose more than 30 million euros with exceptions for costs such as youth development and women’s teams.UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body found City ensured they did not fall foul of those restrictions by overstating their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016.If City’s appeal fails, manager Pep Guardiola and several star players could leave the club.Guardiola’s contract runs until the end of the 2020/21 season, but the only major task left for the Catalan in Manchester is to make City European champions for the first time.City play Real Madrid in the last 16 of this season’s edition and if the campaign ends with the club yet to lift the Champions League trophy, Guardiola may bow out rather than compete for domestic honours alone.Similarly, players of the calibre of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are unlikely to want to waste two of their peak years without the lure of Champions League football. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more