Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he feels for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City stars after they were handed a two-year UEFA Champions League ban.
UEFA announced on Friday that were banned from competing in Europe's premier club competition for two years and fined £24.9million for breaching the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Klopp, however, admits he was completely shocked at the seriousness of the punishment handed out by the European football governing body.
"It was a shock. Complete wow," Klopp told Sky Sports.
"The only thing I can say, I'm a football coach, I speak about football, and what Pep [Guardiola] and Man City did in the time I've been in England, is exceptional. Absolutely exceptional.
"About the rest I have no idea what happened, who did what and stuff like this.
"But I can imagine in this moment it's really difficult for the sports people to understand. You believe the people you work with, that's how it is, and obviously somebody sees it completely different.
"I really feel for them, to be honest, Pep and the players, but it's the first verdict, they will appeal and we'll see what happens then.
"But it's obviously serious, otherwise UEFA would not have reacted like that. But the football they played was exceptional."