Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations

Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations

Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations

"Manchester City have cheated and should be sanctioned".

The accusation from Der Spiegel after viewing internal documents is that it was Sheikh Mansour's company, Abu Dhabi United Group, that gave the Rowlands the money "for the purchase of the marketing rights and to pay the players for their marketing appearances".

"It's an incredibly professional club, they try to do the good things in the right way".

When UEFA were investigating City over FFP, Fordham apparently never came up.

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City have been forced to defend themselves after German magazine Der Spiegel published a story claiming the club breached Financial Fair Play rules by channelling millions of pounds of their owner Sheikh Mansour's money into the club via Abu Dhabi-based sponsors.

The "Football Leaks" documents, which include emails, contracts and presentations, were obtained by German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with global media consortium European Investigative Collaborations.

In recent days, European media have detailed plans shaped by Real Madrid for a breakaway European Super League kicking off in 2021, and how FIFA President Gianni Infantino has intervened in its independent ethics committee's work.

Man City has not disputed the authenticity of the documents, and said an "attempt to damage the club's reputation is organized and clear".

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City executive Simon Pearce is said to have joked in one email that he had become the "de facto MD (managing director) of ADUG", leading Der Spiegel to label the situation a "farce" and slam City: "A club director was controlling the expenditures of the club owner's holding company, money that would travel around the world before landing in the team's coffers". Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, was alleged at the weekend to have struck a secret deal with the club when he was at Uefa which meant they avoided a Champions League ban. "We want to follow the rules, but I'm a manager, I don't know what happened", he added. "I'm focused on what happens on the pitch, in the locker room", said Guardiola on Tuesday on the eve of City's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.

'If you want to buy your way into football heaven, you can't let a few rules get in the way'.

Since 2008, City have won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and three League Cups, and have spent more than £1.4bn on players.

In its latest claims, Der Spiegel says Manchester City used "creative solutions" to avoid costs, calling their endeavour "Project Longbow". "UEFA FFP compliance WILL NOT be achieved".

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Paris St-Germain have been contacted for a response.

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