Report sheds new light on Guardiola's City deal

Report sheds new light on Guardiola's City deal

Instead, the revelation is that City saw FFP, and its support from Europe's elite clubs, as something they needed to "fight". Are you still going to cling to this spurious notion that your club has been treated viciously by Uefa?

"The Football Leaks documents [in der Spiegel] appear to confirm what we have been saying for years".

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". At the time of the email, France legend Michel Platini was Uefa president.

Pep Guardiola claimed earlier on Tuesday that he knows nothing about it due to his focus being on his players and tactics as a manager, though eternal rival Mourinho admitted that he felt something might have been going on behind the scenes as City continue to spend big in the transfer market. The statement said the club would not comment on "the attempt to damage the club's reputation", but Guardiola fielded questions about the allegations at a news conference ahead of their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. "After we have three or four days to think about United".

Documents suggest a company called Fordham Sports Management - allegedly steered by Conservative Party donor David Rowland and his son Jonathan - paid City players for their image rights.

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That is the strong and unequivocal message coming out of La Liga following the allegations made against the Premier League champions.

Uefa found City had breached FFP rules in 2014 and the two parties reached a settlement, with City paying a £49m fine - £32m of which was suspended - while their Champions League squad was reduced for 2014-15.

Guardiola says he trusts the club is being run fairly and professionally and believes City will always have critics unhappy with their level of spending. I would say of course, like many, many clubs around the world, there is a lot of money. "But internal emails tell a different story, providing evidence of backdated contracts, illusory sponsoring payments and cavalier, "We can do what we want", business practices".

Federation Internationale de Football Association have called for an investigation into City's financial dealings, but the club have strongly denied the accusations.

When auditors examined the arrangement on behalf of Uefa, they described it as a "very good deal for MCFC", with one analyst stating he was having difficulty understanding how Fordham expected to make a return.

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