Man United takeover handed boost as UEFA considers change to multi-club ownership rules

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin hints they ARE considering changing rules that stop clubs with the same owner playing in the Champions League… in a boost to Man United and their prospective buyers’ links to clubs in France

  • UEFA prevent clubs with the same owner from playing in the same competition
  • Aleksander Ceferin has admitted the governing body may change the rules
  • A rule change could help assist Manchester United’s ongoing takeover process 

Manchester United’s prospective takeover could be handed a major boost after Aleksander Ceferin revealed UEFA are considering allowing clubs with the same owner to play in the Champions League simultaneously.

The UEFA president admitted a rethink of existing rules is required around multi-club ownership.

European football’s governing body currently prohibit clubs with the same owner from playing in the same competition. 

Ceferin told Gary Neville’s ‘Overlap’ YouTube channel that UEFA would explore whether to relax or keep the rule in place.

A change would represent a significant boost to Manchester United’s takeover prospects, with the main bidders for the Red Devils having links to clubs in France.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos group are the owners of Ligue 1 side Nice

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group are the owners of Ligue 1 side Nice 

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani's bid for Man United led to concerns of Qatar's links to PSG

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s bid for Man United led to concerns of Qatar’s links to PSG

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group own OGC Nice, having completed an £85million takeover of the Ligue 1 side in 2019.

Nice currently lie seventh in the table, but could challenge for Europe with further investment from Ratcliffe, who is worth a reported £12billion. 

Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani’s bid led to concerns, with Qatar Sports Investments’ owning of French champions PSG.  

Ceferin admitted rules needed to be strict around multi-club ownership, but believes it is possible for two teams to compete in the same competition without a conflict of interest arising.

‘We are not thinking about Manchester United only,’ Ceferin said, as reported by the Times. ‘We’ve had five or six owners of clubs who want to buy another club. We have to see what to do.

‘The options are that it stays like that or that we allow them to play in the same competition. I’m not sure yet.

‘We have to speak about these regulations and see what to do about it. There is more and more interest in this multi-club ownership. 

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‘We shouldn’t just say no for the investments for multi-club ownership, but we have to see what kind of rules we set in that case, because the rules have to be strict.

‘From one point of view it’s true if you are the owner of two clubs and they play in the same competition you can say to one club to lose because you want the other to win.

The Glazer family are seeking at least £6billion if they are to sell Manchester United

The Glazer family are seeking at least £6billion if they are to sell Manchester United

‘But for you, as a football player, do you think it’s so easy to do that, to tell a coach, lose the match because the other wants to win?’

Manchester United’s existing owners the Glazers want at least £6billion if they are to sell the club.

The current offers from Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe fall short of that valuation.

United’s owners initially aimed to complete a sale before the end of April, but have reportedly pushed back the timeline until June. 

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