Guardiola defends Man City over FFP allegations

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended the Premier League champions as ‘incredibly professional’ in response to allegations they bent financial fair play rules.

Abu Dhabi-owned City said last week they would not comment on “out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.”

They spoke also of an “organised and clear” attempt to damage their reputation.

Asked about the ‘Football leaks’ documents, which have been published widely in the media, Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday ahead of City’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk that he had faith in the club.

“What I can say personally is, of course, I trust a lot with the club and what they have done. And of course, we want to follow the rules, whether UEFA, FIFA or the Premier League,” said the Spaniard, who joined City in 2016.

“They do what we have to do. Believe me, I am completely honest. I don’t know what happened because I am a manager. I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.”

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