Thursday 20 June 2019

WATCH: 'Are you accusing me of receiving money?' - Pep Guardiola reacts with fury to press conference question

Pep Guardiola hit back at the reporter that quizzed him on his financial arrangements with Manchester City
Pep Guardiola hit back at the reporter that quizzed him on his financial arrangements with Manchester City
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola struggled to contain his anger as his post match press conference following his side's FA Cup win at Wembley took an unexpected turn on Saturday evening.

City made football history by becoming the first side in English football history to complete a domestic clean sweep of trophies, as they added FA Cup glory to their Premier League and Carabao Cup success after a 6-0 win against Watford in a horribly one-sided final.

Yet City's triumph arrived at a moment that sees UEFA investigating the club over suspected breaches of Financial Fair Play rules, with reports in German magazine Der Spiegel suggesting one of Guardiola's predecessors received part of his wages directly from City's owners in Abu Dhabi and not from the club.

An Associated Press reporter decided he would quiz Guardiola on his own financial arranges with City, with the response he got confirming the Spanish tactician was infuriated by the insinuation as he offered up this feisty response:

"Do you know the question you're asking me? Did I receive money for another situation, right now, today? Honestly, do you think I deserve to have this type of question, the day we won the treble, did I receive money? Are you accusing me of receiving money?"

Guardiola was clearly eager to enjoy his moment of glory with City, as he stressed UEFA's Financial Fair Play investigation is out of his hands.

"I said yesterday, we are not guilty until it's proven," he stressed. "This club makes a big step forward with the investment. Can you do that without top players? No way. Money helps to buy the incredible players we have, yes.

"We wait and if we're punished we accept it. But I listen to my chairman (Khaldoon al-Mubarak) and my CEO (Ferran Soriano), they give me the arguments for why we are under investigation and I trust them.

"They tell me we are fair and we absolutely follow the rules, I believe them. If the opponents and contenders think it's just about the money, it is OK."

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