Pep Guardiola has been snapped celebrating as Manchester City won their UEFA appeal.
The Man City manager had plenty to be pleased about first thing on Monday after his club successfully overturned a Financial Fair Play sanction which would have seen them banned from European competition for up to two years.
Guardiola captured the occasion with a selfie in front of a TV showing Sky Sports News as it reported the ruling – alongside Man City board members and some of his backroom staff.
The photo also featured his high-profile colleagues, Man City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief operating officer Omar Berrada.
It was apparently posted as an Instagram story – and swiftly deleted – by Guardiola’s long-time ally and assistant City coach Manel Estiarte.
Man City had faced the prospect of two years without Champions League football after the club was accused of serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations between 2012 and 2016.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday they had cleared the club of disguising financial investment as sponsorship money, though it did fail to cooperate with UEFA.
Man City will be able to play in the 2020/21 Champions League, having secured second place in the Premier League over the weekend, and their fine was cut to 10million euros (£9million).
Guardiola has been vindicated for claiming he was feeling “confident” about the verdict.
Speaking before the announcement, he said: “I’m going to sleep because I can’t do anything (about the verdict). I would love to do something but I can’t.
“I’m confident in the club. I know the defence and their argument. We have to wait. I know there are many clubs in the Premier League waiting too, but we are going to wait.”
“I feel fully confident in what the club has done to allow us to play in the Champions League next season.”