Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations

City could face UEFA and Premier League sanctions over alleged financial doping

City could face UEFA and Premier League sanctions over alleged financial doping

Pep Guardiola backed Manchester City over allegations of financial skulduggery and claimed that his team do not only win because of heavy financial investment.

Pep Guardiola has responded to a series of "leaks" published last week by German newspaper Der Spiegel purporting to reveal Manchester City had breached Fifa's Financial Fair Play regulations. But my point of view is completely different - we work a lot. Of course I trust the club.

"But I am part of the club, I am supportive of absolutely the club and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules".

On Friday, when the latest round of Football Leaks stories emerged with allegations that City were cut a favourable FFP settlement when they were punished for overspending by UEFA in 2014, the club declined to comment on "out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City" and claimed "the attempt to damage the club's reputation is organised and clear".

'Believe me, I'm completely honest.

'I am a manager.

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"The business and how they handle this sort of situation, I am completely out". The scheme saw a shell company called Fordham Sports Management set up which paid the players for their image rights instead of the club, with City's Abu Dhabi owners reimbursing Fordham directly. And we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules. If we win we are good and accept it, if we lose we accept it's not what we are able to to win. I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.

Guardiola - a serial victor at Barcelona and Bayern Munich prior to arriving in the Premier League two summers ago - suggested that the club as long grown used to being criticised for spending heavily.

CIty have said they will not comment on the claims.

However, the club are not now under scrutiny for spending too much but for spending money they should not have been entitled to under FFP rules. I am inside now for the last three years. When you invest more, this gap, the time reduces.

'When at Barcelona and Germany, I always hear that City has just money. And we have to live with that. That's all I can say'.

"That is an issue always here because to stay at one level and then achieve another level you need a lot of time, and of course money, but a lot of time. We accept it. we believe we work a lot, not just the manager, the staff, and especially players", Guardiola said.

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