By Sportsmail Reporter
Borussia Dortmund have attacked Manchester City's reliance on Sheik
Mansour ahead of the two clubs' Champions League clash on Wednesday
The Bundesliga champions' chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, says
clubs should be thrown out of the competition should they enter into
big sponsorship deals with companies controlled by the same club's
owners - just as City have with Etihad, whose shirt and stadium
sponsorship will net the Premier League champions 350million over 10
Watzke called such deals 'back-door funding' and also said he would
dismiss out of hand investment from any rich foreign businessman in
Dortmund, which is 51 per cent owned by its supporters.
Warming up: Roberto Mancini oversees Manchester City training ahead of
the match against Borussia Dortmund
The German giants have strict rules on spending and are advocates of
UEFA president Michel Platini's new Financial Fair Play rules, which
seek to limit each club's expenditure based on its revenue.
The penalty for not complying could be expulsion from the Champions
League - the biggest cash cow for Europe's elite clubs.
And the Dortmund chief says that UEFA must crack down on clubs like
City and prevent them from bending the rules.
'UEFA must find the thin line between sponsorship and excessive
back-door funding they must show strength to expel big clubs,' said
'No tycoon should be allowed to pump crazy money into a club with
sponsorship from five companies he controls. If that happens,
financial fair play will fail.'
Watzke cited the example of Spanish club Malaga to demonstrate what he
thinks the dangers are of rich, foreign investors in football clubs.
Qatars Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani appeared to have lost interest and
the club began selling players, such as Santi Cazorla to Arsenal, but
the club insist that they are simply restructuring to fit the new FFP
rules and that the Sheik is still committed to the club.
But when asked if Dortmund would talk to a potential rich investor
such as Sheik Mansour or Sheik Abdullah, Watzke replied: 'I would not
even welcome him.'
Tough test: Borussia Dortmund's squad in training ahead of their
Champions League date in Manchester
He added: 'What if the sheikh, as shown by Malaga, lost interest?
'The fact is that the Bundesliga has caught up considerably, thanks to
their sound banking practices. This will eventually be expressed by
The match is likely to prove a difficult game for City against the
German champions. Dortmund won the first game of their Group D
campaign at home to Ajax, with Lewandowski scoring the only goal, and
on Saturday they put five past Borussia Monchengladbach.
Big money: City host Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium, which is
sponsored to the tune of 350m
The pressure is on Mancini and his side to make their mark on the
competition after failure last season, particularly after losing their
opening game 3-2 at Real Madrid last month.
Mancini has attempted to apply a touch of realism ahead of the match
at the Etihad. In Madrid he had likened his side to a Ferrari. At
Carrington on Tuesday he said that although the moment will arrive
when City can win the Champions League, they are not there yet.
He also acknowledged what a tough challenge Jurgen Klopps side
represent when City are looking to avoid a third consecutive home game
without a win.
Borussia Dortmund have beaten Bayern Munich for the last two years,
he said in reference to the problems his side experienced against
Bayern last season.
For this reason I think it will be a very difficult game. In my
opinion Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe. They won the
Bundesliga. They are very strong and in players like Robert
Lewandowski and Mario Gotze they are dangerous going forward. If we
concede space, like we did in Madrid, we will make it difficult for
In Madrid the problems we had in the first half were normal. But we
conceded too much space to players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim
Benzema in the last five minutes and that made them dangerous.