Man City 'should be sanctioned' after FFP leaks

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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.

The report also claims the Premier League champions struck a secret deal with UEFA in 2014 to avoid a potential Champions League ban for breaching FFP regulations.

Pep Guardiola backed Manchester City over allegations of financial skulduggery and claimed that his team do not only win because of heavy financial investment.

"It is an incredible, professional club and they try to do the good things in the right way". I'm part of the club and I support completely the club. "What I can say personally on the club, of course I trust the club what they have done".

Citing emails between City bosses that it claims to have obtained, Der Spiegel alleges that Sheikh Mansour, a senior member of Abu Dhabi's royal family, has been topping up City's already lucrative sponsorship deals with Emirati companies with his own money - which if true would be a clear breach of FFP's rules against "related parties" pumping cash into clubs.

"Always I've said we can not achieve what we achieve, like the big clubs in Europe, is because they have to spend".

There is apparently concern about the manner in which the Der Spiegel documents were obtained with hacked or stolen documents set to be dismissed by the football authorities, but more revelations due out between Tuesday and Thursday are expected to further embarrass the City brand.

"But I am part of the club, I am supportive of absolutely the club and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules".

"That is why I always defend my players and what they do". And we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules. "In the end we have to focus on what we have to do on the pitch".

The magazine said the name "Longbow" was chosen, according to City's chief legal adviser, Simon Cliff, as it was "the weapon the English used to beat the French at Crecy and Agincourt" in the Hundred Years' War. "All the ideas that we have, without good players we can not do them", said the Spaniard.

When I was in Spain and Germany you would always hear that Manchester City was just about money, now I am on the inside I know something different. If we win we are good and accept it, if we lose we accept it's not what we are able to to win.

"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

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