Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations

09 November, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Marlene Myers
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While the allegations could cause City problems off the field, Guardiola and his players insist they will have little trouble focussing on the task in hand at the Etihad on Wednesday.

"We can not comment on specific cases due to confidentiality obligations which UEFA must respect", said UEFA in a statement in the Daily Mail.

In the latest allegations to plunge City into turmoil, it is alleged a risk analysis regarding a possible deal with Arabtec was carried out by executives but that, despite the report concluding a partnership with the company would have "significant potential to damage the perception and standing of the club and its owners", the club struck an agreement regardless, signing a regional contract that would be publicised only in Arab states, Russian Federation and Turkey, where there was considered to be less risk of condemnation.

Paris St-Germain have been contacted for a response.

Right now UEFA are not even in possession of any alleged evidence, and do not have the legal authority to demand material from either Der Spiegel or City.

Some of City's European rivals, including Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, have complained about such practices.

Mancini led City to their first Premier League title in 2012 and played a crucial part in their rise to Europe's football elite.

La Liga, the Spanish top flight, has said that, if UEFA does not act, it will "launch a complaint with European Union competition authorities".

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"About the business, about how they handled this kind of situation, I am completely out (of that)".

According to Der Spiegel, his hiring was a secret mission and neither City, nor the coach stated anything publicly about the contract.

That included selling players' image rights to an external company, therefore writing off that cost from their accounts.

The German news magazine claims it has seen internal documents which show that City officials discussed how to wipe out a £9.9m shortfall in 2013.

Vicky Kloss, a spokeswoman for City, is said to have sent an email to team executives warning against the deal.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has long spoken out against Manchester City and PSG describing their conduct as financial doping and La Liga spokesman Joris Evers told Reuters and the BBC the time for action is needed.

But every club is subjected to an annual "break even assessment" and sources in Nyon seem to think that could well be where City could run into serious difficulties with FFP regulations, given that the sponsorship deals that have allegedly been financed by club owner Sheik Mansour remain in existence.

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