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Manchester United could be banned from the Champions League

Manchester United is soon to be out Champions League.

Manchester United, the English football giants, are in danger of being barred from playing in European football championships next year if they complete the season with fewer points than Ligue 1 club Nice. This is a fresh difficulty for the club’s crisis-ridden management after Sir Jim Ratcliffe purchased a 25% share in the Premier League team.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have purchased a minority 25% share in the Premier League team for an estimated £1.3 billion after the Glazer family placed it up for sale. Fans anticipated the Glazers to give complete ownership and sell the entire club, but they only placed 25% up for sale.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe purchased the minority interest when Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim dropped out of the bidding for the club. Ratcliffe’s INEOS Group also owns Ligue 1 team OGC Nice, posing a challenge to Manchester United.

Nice is second in Ligue 1 and is vying for a place in the Champions League, while United is sixth in the Premier League. If Manchester United does not finish higher than Nice, UEFA regulations prohibit two clubs with the same owners from competing in the same European competition.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has already bought a 25 percent stake in Manchester United

Amrabat, Casemiro and Sir Jim Ratcliffe. (Source: ESPN)
Amrabat, Casemiro and Sir Jim Ratcliffe. (Source: ESPN)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the CEO of INEOS Group, is rumored to have purchased a 25% minority ownership in Manchester United for £1.25 billion. The official announcement will follow shortly. Sheikh Jassim of Qatar, who wanted to purchase a share in the English club, competed with Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe aims to return United to its previous glory in the Premier League and throughout Europe. Fans dissatisfied with the Glazers’ control throughout the team’s recent problems welcomed the news. The Glazers, however, will remain the club’s dominant proprietors.

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