Guardiola defends Man City over financial fair play allegations

Pep Guardiola meets his employer Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Pep Guardiola meets his employer Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

UEFA apparently knew they had let the club "off the hook with a ludicrously low penalty", but that is put down to not being fully aware of the "vast extent" of the "deceit".

A question - a honest one - for Manchester City's supporters: are you still going to boo the Champions League anthem tonight? According to a leaked memo from the club's CEO, Ferran Soriano, the club decided that they needed to fight financial fair play but "do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football".

Cliff is claimed to have responded that he did not know because Fordham had not shown City their business plan.

The magazine reported that Man City officials detailed a long-term search for "creative solutions" to hiding expenses and evading UEFA monitoring of spending on players.

With the help of investment experts David and Jonathan Rowland, father and son, City are said to have transferred the player marketing rights to Fordham Sports Management.

Since Man City was bought with Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth in 2008, a team long in the shadows of more glamorous Manchester United has overtaken its rival on the field.

According to Der Spiegel, Guardiola's original contract with City was dated October 10, 2015 - more than three months before the deal was announced on February 1, 2016. The Guardian has not seen or been able to verify the documents Der Spiegel has used in its reporting. When auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers later reviewed the Fordham deal on behalf of UEFA, it was concluded that it was a "very good deal for MCFC", not least because the auditors couldn't figure out how Fordham expected to make any money on the deal for themselves.

"The club has made a statement on Friday about what happened, stolen emails", he said.

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"This is reflected in the airline's audited accounts".

"Manchester City have cheated and should be sanctioned".

"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

The allegations against City, who have a number of prominent Abu Dhabi-based sponsors, are that they manipulated contracts to get around that.

Uefa found City had breached FFP rules in 2014 and the two parties reached a settlement, with City paying a £49m fine - £32m of which was suspended - while their Champions League squad was reduced for 2014-15.

His response comes after both Federation Internationale de Football Association and Manchester City issued statements in response to the allegations, denying any wrongdoing.

And Guardiola defended the professionalism of the club at all levels behind the scenes.

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