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Published: 14:48 | 17/5/19

Guardiola confident City are innocent


Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City have oning nothing wrong despite a UEFA invesigation into allegations they broke Financial Fair Play regulations. 

UEFA launched an investigation earlier this year after German magazine Der Spiegel claimed that they had broken the FFP regulations by inflating the value of a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal.

Chief investigator Yves Leterme has made his recommendation to UEFA and the matter has now been referred to UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber with the Premier League champions facing a possible ban from the Champions League. 

City have denied any wrongdoing and Guardiola insists the club is 'innocent until proven guilty'.

"I've said this many times, I trust the club and the people here. I know we won the Premier League and still in the last few days everyone has only spoken about that. We are innocent until we are proven guilty," he told reporters ahead of the FA Cup final. 

"If we did something wrong, or UEFA decide that we have done something wrong, we will be banned, punished, whatever they decide.

"But we are innocent right now. I know everyone is waiting for us to be found guilty. It's hard for everyone to understand around the world because it does not always happen but people are innocent until they are proven guilty. That is where it is, we accept it.

"I have spoken with the chairman and the CEOs, I know exactly what they did and I trust a lot of them."

Manchester City can complete the domestic treble if they beat Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday, 18 May live on eir sport 1 [kick-off 5.30pm]. Subscribe here

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