Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has had his say on recent allegations that came to light regarding City’s potential breach of Financial Fair Play.
City have come under scrutiny for financial irregularities. This means they could potentially miss out on next season’s Champions League if UEFA decide to instate a ban.
Manchester City face potential 1-year Champions League ban
UEFA opened an investigation into the matter earlier in the year and the review is currently ongoing. The club though have rubbished claims of a breach, claiming they are ‘disappointed, but regrettably not surprised.’
Manchester City manager Guardiola is having none of it either. The Spaniard believes City should be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
Pep Guardiola believes City are innocent
He also added that he feels the club have done nothing wrong and trusts the chairman and CEO to sort the issue out.
Pep also expressed his dismay over the fact that despite City’s recent triumph in the Premier League, all the talk has surrounded the off-field issues which have marred the side’s campaign.
“I’ve said this many times, I trust the club and the people here. I know we won the Premier League and still in the last few days everyone has only spoken about that. We are innocent until we are proven guilty.
“If we did something wrong, or UEFA decide that we have done something wrong, we will be banned, punished, whatever they decide.
“But we are innocent right now. I know everyone is waiting for us to be found guilty. It’s hard for everyone to understand around the world because it does not always happen but people are innocent until they are proven guilty. That is where it is, we accept it.”
Guardiola was speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup final clash against Watford. The former Barcelona manager will be hoping that such issues do not affect his players on the pitch.
Having already sealed the Premier League and Carabao Cup, City are now targetting a historic treble.