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Wolves' Euro bid not affected by decision to lift City ban: Nuno


Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo

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Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift Manchester City's European ban has no impact on his side's Champions League aspirations.

Wanderers would have been among the clubs looking to benefit had the two-season ban been upheld by CAS on Monday.

Uefa's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) sanctioned City in February for what they said was a breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) and club licensing regulations.

City, who will finish second in the Premier League, immediately signalled their intention to appeal, and CAS have now cleared them to compete in the Champions League next season and reduced a €30m fine to €10m (just under £9m).

With fifth place no longer a potential route into the Champions League, Wolves need to bridge a four-point gap to the top four in their remaining three Premier League matches. Alternatively, winning the Europa League next month would see them qualify for the competition.

On the ruling, Nuno said: "It is decided. It is not related to us. It is something that is Uefa and the decision they made, nothing to do with us.

"It is something that I don't read about. It is something that is not our focus. Our focus is prepare well and compete well game by game and we will see what happens.

"We have so many things to do. The future is there but we must stay in the present.

"What is in my mind is we have three games to go in the Premier League and then the game against Olympiakos (in the Europa League). This is all that's in my mind."

The first of Wolves' remaining matches is tonight against Burnley, who still harbour hopes themselves of qualifying for Europe.

"It is always tough against Burnley," said Nuno. "Burnley are a very good team and (Clarets boss) Sean (Dyche) has been there a long time and knows the team.

"It is a very difficult place to go and all the games we have had against Burnley have been very demanding. It will be a tough challenge."

Burnley v Wolves

Premier League: Turf Moor, Tonight, 6.00pm

Belfast Telegraph