Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money

"What I can say personally on the club, of course I trust the club what they have done".

City say they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation is "organised and clear". According to a leaked memo from the club's CEO, Ferran Soriano, the club decided that they needed to fight financial fair play but "do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football".

The magazine said the name "Longbow" was chosen, according to City's chief legal adviser, Simon Cliff, as it was "the weapon the English used to beat the French at Crecy and Agincourt" in the Hundred Years' War.

The scheme is said to have involved a shell company called Fordham Sports Management being set up.

And Guardiola defended the professionalism of the club at all levels behind the scenes.

Guardiola was also lured to Manchester by City's resources after great success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

On Monday the German magazine, through more leaked documents, alleged that the club had tried to deceive Uefa by using tens of millions of pounds from the owner Sheikh Mansour to backdate and inflate sponsorship deals with companies in Abu Dhabi.

However, a spokesperson for Etihad has claimed the airline was the real source of the money it paid to City.

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"The club has made a statement on Friday about what happened, stolen emails. Our partnership with Manchester City and the broader City Football Group continues to deliver important ongoing and accumulative returns on our investments".

"UEFA should now take action and apply the rules and any sanctions that exist and are necessary".

The report also claims the Premier League champions struck a secret deal with UEFA in 2014 to avoid a potential Champions League ban for breaching FFP regulations.

La Liga president Javier Tebas made a similar claim a year ago, with European football's governing body Uefa responding by saying it was not investigating City, who have won the Premier League three times since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008.

His response comes after both Federation Internationale de Football Association and Manchester City issued statements in response to the allegations, denying any wrongdoing.

When asked about the accusations, the manager Pep Guardiola insisted that City had always tried to do things the right way. "Believe me, I'm completely honest, I don't know what happened, I'm a manager, focused on the pitch, the locker room".

"That is why I always defend my players and what they do".

"If people say it's just about money we accept it, but that point of view is completely wrong."
"Incredible people working here, and how professional they are in all the departments", he said.

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