Premier League allows Man City to wear gold badges for Club World Cup success for ANOTHER season

Premier League allows Man City to wear gold badges for Club World Cup success for ANOTHER season

By Mike Keegan

13:53 July 10, 2024, updated 13:53 July 10, 2024

  • Manchester City may wear gold badges for another season
  • They were able to wear them last season after winning the Club World Cup
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Manchester City can boast of being world champions for another season.

According to Mail Sport, Pep Guardiola’s club have approached the Premier League to ask if they can continue to wear the gold badges on their shirts commemorating their 2023 Club World Cup victory, and league chiefs have given them the green light to do so for the duration of the upcoming season.

The fact that there will be no tournament this summer is partly because significantly more clubs are participating, and partly because the organizers want to use next year’s edition, which will take place in the USA, as a test run for the 2026 World Cup.

And in a development likely to raise eyebrows, Premier League chiefs, currently locked in a legal battle with City over financial rules, have given their consent to keep the patches on for another year.

FIFA has approved controversial plans to increase the number of clubs participating in the Club World Cup from seven to 32 from next year, a move that has drawn significant criticism, with players’ union FIFPro claiming it was not consulted and the PFAs of England and France launching legal action.

Manchester City can continue to wear gold badges on their shirts, the Premier League has decided
Pep Guardiola’s team earned the addition to their jersey after winning the Club World Cup

FIFA also confirmed that the competition will not be held annually, but every four years. From Europe, City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have already been selected to take part as winners of the Champions League from 2021 to 2024.

Meanwhile, two other former City employees have been poached by Premier League rivals.

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Last month, Mail Sport revealed how numerous clubs were snapping up staff from City, with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak calling it clear evidence that they were doing things “the right way”.

And last week saw two more cases of what officials ironically refer to as the “Cityfication” of the Premier League.

Liverpool have brought former City analyst and coach Aaron Briggs to Arne Slot’s coaching staff. The 37-year-old, who spent nine years at the Etihad, will be the link between the academy and the first team at Anfield in his role as elite development coach.

Chelsea are also close to signing Glenn van der Kraan from City as a key addition to their academy following the departures of Neil Bath and Jim Fraser.

Van der Kraan has been at City for four years after joining as head coach from Feyenoord.