first_imgArsene Wenger spoke at the gala of the Laureus Awards on the penalty imposed by the UEFA to the Manchester City without disputing two editions of the Champions League after not respecting the rules of Fair Play Financial: “I have always advocated respecting the rules and forcing clubs to work according to the real income they have. The rules are what they are and must be respected. Anyone who does not respect and is caught trying to avoid the rules through more or less legal structures, should be punished. “ The technician of the Arsenal saw during the last decade how the City snatched some of its best players, among which were Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy, Kolo Toure or Samir Nasri: “They bought all my players. The sport is trying to make the rules respected. If there is no respect for them, it is not a real sport. When you participate in a competition like the Champions League, you know you are there because you have followed the rules. “On the other hand, the French coach explained that in today’s football the rich club gets richer and said that because of this, it is easier every year to predict which teams will play the tournament and which teams are more likely to win title: “The rankings are almost always conditioned by the amount of money the clubs have. Historically it has almost always been that way, but this trend has been strengthening compared to what happened 20 or 30 years ago because there is more interest in larger clubs. Everyone wants to see the best teams and the best teams have become richer. The difference with respect to smaller teams has grown. This model has settled and we can all say more or less what will happen in each championship. “ Premier League* Data updated as of February 18, 2020last_img