What Man City chiefs told ‘furious’ rivals about Guardiola comments

Man City boss Pep Guardiola reacts to Aston Villa victory

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Manchester City chiefs reportedly had to apologise to some of their Premier League rivals for comments made by Pep Guardiola last week. The Spaniard let rip in his press conference after his side were accused of breaching financial fair play rules.

The Premier League announced last week that they were charging City with over 100 financial breaches following a four-year investigation. Guardiola’s side are accused of failing to comply with financial fair play, not providing a ‘true; view of the club’s finances and failing to cooperate with the investigation – amongst other charges.

City were stunned by the announcement but welcomed an investigation from an independent commission, adamant that they will not be found guilty of any charges and thus the matter will be put to bed ‘once and for all’.

Guardiola furiously defended the club later that week in his press conference ahead of the match against Aston Villa over the weekend, not holding back in publicly naming teams that tried to push for City to be removed from the Champions League previously after they were being investigated by UEFA. According to The Independent, the named clubs were ‘furious’ with the manager’s comments.

Executives are said to have explained to their counterparts that it was Guardiola’s passion talking rather than the opinion held by the club generally. The ex-Barcelona boss did not shy away from tackling the issue head-on with who he called out, naming all other clubs in the traditional ‘Big Six in his enraged rant: “What they’ve done to us – be careful in the future.

“Many clubs can make a suggestion and there are a lot of clubs who could be accused like we have been accused without being innocent. Because the damage is now for one decade, eight, nine, 10 years. One week later, UEFA make a statement against us, nine teams – Burnley, Wolves, Leicester, Newcastle Spurs, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea wanted us out of the competition [the Champions League].”

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Naming Arsenal in the nine clubs adds another touch of drama to the title race, with the sides set to face off against each other on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium. City can leapfrog Mikel Arteta’s side with a win, helped by how the Gunners let them within touching distance over the weekend.

Though the north London outfit will be fuelled by the anger of their draw with Brentford on Saturday. PGMOL have confirmed that Ivan Toney’s equaliser should have been ruled out for offside by Lee Mason, but the official failed to draw any lines on the images.

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