Manchester United could be BARRED from Europe next season

Man Utd could be BARRED from Europe next season
Manchester United face being BARRED from Europe next season after UEFA stuck to their ban on clubs under the same ownership competing against each other.

Uefa have finally published their new regulations about ‘multi-club ownership’ issues.

While clubs under the same ownership umbrella CAN play in Europe if they are in different competitions, the ban on clubs taking part in the SAME one remains in place.

And that is where Nice’s recent slump in France’s Ligue 1 could end up preventing United from playing in ANY competition next season.

Nice are fully owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group, while the petrochemicals billionaire confirmed he would be “delegated responsibility for the management of United’s football operations” as part of his minority buy-out of shares from the Glazers.

Only last month, Ratcliffe claimed he had been told by Uefa there were “no circumstances” in which his ownership of Nice would prevent Man Utd from playing in Europe.

But Uefa have now confirmed there is a blanket ban on clubs under the same ownership taking part in the same competition despite a revision of its rulebook.

Asked to confirm the situation, a Uefa insider told SunSport: “It is correct that Manchester United and Nice cannot play in the same competition.

“They could play in different competitions, as there is no ‘feeding’ between competitions any more.”

Sixth-placed United appear destined for a Europa League place next season, even if English clubs earn an extra Champions League spot through their performances in Europe this season.

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