Manchester City Won’t Be Banned From Europe Claims Guardiola

FFP Still Hanging Over City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims the club won’t be banned from European football.

Documents leaked to German magazine Der Spiegel claimed City were in breach of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations and a senior figure at Europe’s governing body told the BBC that action could be taken against City. The source suggested that the whole of FFP was at risk if Uefa failed to act against City and Paris Saint-Germain. Both sides are accused of inflating income through over-valued sponsorship contracts.

But when asked by reporters on Friday, Guardiola said he has been told there will be no ban.

“We will not be banned, no,” the City boss said.

“That’s what I think because of what my chairman and my CEO have explained to me and I trust in them.

“If it happens, because Uefa decide that, we will accept it and move forward.”

Manchester City were fined £49million by Uefa in 2014. However, £33million of that was subsequently refunded after the club met the requirements of the initial sanction.

The club have been accused of using owner Sheikh Mansour’s own money to inflate sponsorship deals. It has also been claimed that former boss Roberto Mancini received more from his role as a consultant from the Al Jazira club than he did as City boss. The club are also accused of using a third party, Fordham Sports Management, to funnel players’ overseas image rights.