Manchester United confident UEFA will not demote them from the Europa League | manchester united

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is confident that Manchester United will not be relegated from the Europa League and will be able to compete next season alongside Nice, the French club he also owns through his company Ineos.

UEFA rules prevent an organization or person from exercising “decisive influence” over more than one club in the same competition. Ratcliffe has a 27.7% stake in United and controls the club’s football policy, and Ineos has owned Nice since 2019.

UEFA has a deadline of Monday for clubs to comply with its rules. Ineos believes that by then it will have to indicate the adjustments it will make and that its implementation can continue. Rulings will be handed down by UEFA in the summer and, if United lost the case, they would be demoted to the Europa Conference League because they finished lower in the Premier League (eighth) than Nice in Ligue 1 (fifth).

United qualified for the Europa League by beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final. A statement from Ineos said: “We are aware of the position of both clubs and are in direct dialogue with UEFA. “We are confident that we have a way forward for next season in Europe.”

Manchester City and Girona, both qualified for the Champions League, have to make similar arguments to UEFA. This is because the City Football Group owns 81% of the English champion and 44.3% of the Spanish club.

Ineos believes it has had positive discussions with UEFA over recent months, it is understood, and that precedent from other multi-club organizations playing in the same European competition points to a solution.

RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig competed in the 2017-18 Champions League despite each being owned by Red Bull GmbH. UEFA investigators found the company had strong influence over both clubs, but its club financial watchdog found there was insufficient reason to believe there was influence between the two clubs. the two clubs after some staff linked to Red Bull and loan deals between the teams were scrapped.

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Last July, three groups of associated clubs: Brighton and Union Saint-Gilloise; Aston Villa and Vitória Guimarães; and Toulouse and Milan – were allowed to compete in the same European competitions. UEFA then referred to “significant changes by clubs and their related investors” to comply with the rules.