Pep Guardiola: "It looks like Manchester City are already convicted"

Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time on the case of Manchester City being referred by the Premier League to an independent commission over alleged breaches of several financial fair play rules

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Pep Guardiola: "It looks like Manchester City are already convicted"

Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time on the case of Manchester City being referred by the Premier League to an independent commission over alleged breaches of several financial fair play rules in the 2009/10 to 2017/18 seasons.

The Man City manager explained his opinion: "We're lucky to live in a country where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We haven't had this opportunity, we've already been condemned. All the great moments we've had they can take them away.

I don't know what will happen. We have good lawyers and we will defend our position, as we have done in the past before UEFA. I am fully convinced that we will emerge innocent. Since Abu Dhabi took over the club, since its first day is like this.

We've been in the lower divisions before. We'll go back there if they send us, that's not a problem. I'm not moving from this place, I can assure you. I want to stay more than ever. They set a precedent. Watch out, because in the future There will be other clubs that will be accused like us.

What will happen in the future?"

What happened

Manchester City Football Club is facing severe allegations of violating financial fair play regulations, which may result in the forfeiture of three of their English championship titles.

The leadership of the English Premier League (EPL) has accused the club of breaking the fair play rules in each season between 2009 and 2018, presenting an indictment of over ten points. The club is reportedly facing little chance of escaping without punishment.

The EPL Indictment Since the acquisition of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour prior to the 2008/2009 season, the club has won a total of six titles, three of which were won during the disputed period. During the time frame covered by the indictment, City were champions in the 2011/12, 2013/14, and 2017/18 seasons.

If the verdict strips City of its points, it is highly likely that the club will lose these three titles. In the 2011/12 season, City finished with the same points as second-placed Manchester United, in the 2013/14 season, they had two more points than Liverpool, and in the 2017/18 season, they had 19 more points than United.

However, depending on the severity of the offense, the EPL leadership could revoke the 20 points required to strip City of its title.

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