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Manchester City fans should not be punished for booing

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Today we live in an era of controversy when it comes to football's international governing bodies, whether it is Sepp Blatter's tarnished and scandal-ridden FIFA - or Michel Platini's UEFA, who are coming under just as much scrutiny nowadays.

As UEFA's famously coveted Champions League was being showcased around the world this week, one set of fans in a big Group D match-up decided to voice their dislike to towards the competition organisers.

More specifically, the Manchester City faithful. The famously wonderful Champions League theme was booed by a chorus of City's supported due to their contempt towards UEFA's hierarchy.

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As a consequence, albeit a fairly ridiculous one at that, UEFA look set to punish the club and will look at disciplinary proceedings for the best course of action against the blues.

A pointless and quite frankly victimising endeavour - this is a western free society, football fans have a right to a freedom of speech like everyone else, right?

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To diagnose UEFA and Manchester City fans' shaky relationship, we have to go back to 2013 - the first influx of the new financial fair play rules.

The same year, due to City's debt from investment, they were hit hard by a £50 million fine. In retaliation, the sky blue faithful felt UEFA were unfairly pointing them out and trying to bar them from Europe's elite with these, quite frankly, strict new rules.

Although the FFP regulations were significantly weakened earlier this year, City's loyal supporters reserve their dislike for the governing body.

That story is, of course, up for debate as to whether the punishment was actually unfair to the citizens, however, the Moscow conundrum from last season does make you see where they are coming from.

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City - the group stages of 2014, the blues travelled to Russia for a match they eventually lost, a match that was meant to be played behind closed doors.

When the news erupted that the match will be played privately, it left many sky blue hearts beating frantically as to whether UEFA will reimburse them for tickets, hotel and flight costs.

Despicably, UEFA refused to pay back the money these dedicated supporters invested into an away trip to Moscow, understandably sealing the fans' hate relationship with the controversial body.

To make matters worse and to rub salt into an already gaping financial wound, CSKA Moscow managed to sneak over 200 supporters into the ground to watch the game.

So, on these grounds, is the citizens' hatred and protesting of UEFA justified?

It certainly looks like it. Besides, even if it weren't so, the booing of the Champions League anthem certainly doesn't warrant disciplinary action - not by a long shot.

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UEFA Champions League
Premier League
Manchester City
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