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In an interview released via the club's own media channel, Ferran Soriano (pictured) said the club were doing "everything" to fight their unprecedented Champions League ban. Photo: PA

In an interview released via the club's own media channel, Ferran Soriano (pictured) said the club were doing "everything" to fight their unprecedented Champions League ban. Photo: PA

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In an interview released via the club's own media channel, Ferran Soriano (pictured) said the club were doing "everything" to fight their unprecedented Champions League ban. Photo: PA

Manchester City's chief executive claimed the club were victims of a political agenda at Uefa last night as he insisted it is "simply not true" that financial fair play regulations were breached.

In an interview released via the club's own media channel, Ferran Soriano said the club were doing "everything" to fight their unprecedented Champions League ban.

Soriano suggested the two-year suspension handed down by Uefa was part of a conspiracy against the club's Abu Dhabi owners. "Ultimately, based on our experience and our perception, this seems to be less about justice and more about politics," he said of their punishment.

He then reaffirmed the club's pledge to fight the findings of a Uefa investigation into their spending between 2012 and 2016.

"These allegations are simply not true," Soriano said of an alleged £60m deception first outlined in November 2018. "The owner has not put money in this club that has not been properly declared."

Irish Independent