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Football Today

Jul 16, 2020

What is football? Who is it for?

Big questions to be asking on a nondescript day in July, perhaps. But questions that are being subtly answered all the time whether we recognise it or not.

On Monday, we were given a clearer indication of what football is in the present day. That day, Manchester City saw their UEFA Champions League ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, raising questions about the usefulness of Financial Fair Play.

Does this ruling suggest that the rules just do not apply for the very richest clubs? Is football now just a business with sport attached?

In this episode, we ask: why was Manchester City’s UEFA ban overturned? And what does it mean for football?


Rob Harris (@RobHarris) is Global Sports Correspondent for the Associated Press.

David Mooney (@DavidMooney) is a Manchester City fan, creator of the Blue Moon Podcast and host of the Athletic’s Why Always Us? Podcast

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