Roberto Mancini to confront Bayern’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge over spending taunts
Published 06/12/2011 | 15:56
ROBERTO Mancini will challenge the Bayern Munich President, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, to justify his persistent attacks on Manchester City’s spending.
Mancini says he intends to confront Rummenigge at tomorrow night’s Champions league meeting between the clubs.
Ahead of their final group game at Eastlands, Rummenigge called on UEFA to exclude City if they fail to abide by the Financial Fair Play Rules.
Mancini is enraged by what is starting to appear a vendetta against City, who’ve made it clear they fully intend to obey new guidelines.
“I don’t understand Rummenigge’s behaviour against Manchester City,” said Mancini.
“For six months he talk against us every time for Financial Fair Play and he continues to say he hopes Napoli go through to the second stage. I don’t know what’s different with us. I think Manchester City are working for this FFP for the next two years. But I don’t understand what happening with Rummenigge. “Tomorrow I will ask him.”
Mancini believes the constant sniping at City is rooted in a combination of jealousy and fear from those who recognise their emerging threat to the established, European elite.
“I think every team is worried about Manchester City because Manchester City in the future could become one of the top clubs in the world,” he said.
“But you don’t want to see an important man like Rummenigge, who is the Bayern Munich president and a representative of a top club in the world, saying things against us. There are other teams in Europe that have a problem with Financial Fair Play, not only Manchester City.”