Sunday 22 September 2019

Pep Guardiola shrugs off allegations Man City are trying to cheat Financial Fair Play rules

Man City boss Pep Guardiola
Man City boss Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shrugged off suggestions that allegations of trying to cheat European football's Financial Fair Play rules will taint the club's achievements.

Last week, German magazine Der Spiegel published a story which claimed the

Premier League leaders struck a secret deal with European football's governing body UEFA in 2014 to avoid a potential Champions League ban for breaching FFP regulations.

City said at the time the original magazine article was published that they would not be commenting and that the attempt to damage their reputation was "organised and clear".

At his weekly press conference, Guardiola said: "If they want to undermine us, no problem. We live our lives - we will remember in our hearts for the rest of our lives how we played.

"If we have done something wrong we will be punished. The federation has to decide but I trust what the club tell me."

City play Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and the Spaniard is pleased the focus ahead of the derby has been more on the teams than the rivalry between himself and United boss Jose Mourinho.

"Thank you so much for that," he said.

"We are both good guys, more than you expect. It's much better, believe me."

Of the derby, Guardiola added: "Of course it is special for everybody and games against contenders are special because if you win they don't, but we are only in November.

"Maybe the game at Old Trafford will be more important."

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