Pep Guardiola, on the bench of Manchester City


Strong response from Guardiola to Bartomeu for the City's sanction

Published:20/02/2020 - 00:31h

Updated:20/02/2020 - 00:31h

Pep Guardiola did not remain silent after the last speech of Josep Maria Bartomeu, who had revealed his support for UEFA for the sanction against Manchester City

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Last Friday, UEFA determined, after its investigations and the analysis of all the tests, that serious violations of the regulations were committed by Manchester City by exaggerating the sponsorship income in the balances presented between 2012 and 2016. Something that led to A heavy penalty: a fine of 30 million euros and two years outside European competitions.

The decision of the managers is firm, but is subject to an appeal to the Court of Sports Arbitration (TAS), so Manchester City still has options to present evidence to get rid of the punishment. Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona, ​​spoke on Tuesday on the subject during the delivery of the XIV Manuel Vázquez Montalbán International Journalism Award.

The Barca president, in his speech, supported UEFA after the sanction against Manchester City. "In this regard, we thank UEFA that in recent years it has been so safe to follow up on the Financial Fair Play. At Barça we have been following it and we have regular investigations or we have meetings at UEFA to explain how we are doing it. doing. From here we want to support UEFA for all the good it does in football, "he said.

Bartomeu's words were not overlooked in Manchester City, especially for Pep Guardiola. The Catalan responded forcefully to the words of President Culé and, in addition, sent a message for the latest controversies in social networks. "If they are happy for our sanction, that Barça does not speak too loudly because we are all involved in situations at some time. I do not know if they have spied on me but they did it was not necessary, they know me," he said.

The Sampedor coach, moreover, is optimistic about the appeals that Manchester City will present. "This is not over. The club believes it is unfair, so let's appeal and wait. All we can do is in the field and do what we have done for the past four years. I trust one hundred percent in the club." , said.

Guardiola wants to stay in the City

Pep Guardiola also made it clear that even if the City's appeals do not prosper and the club stays two years out of the Champions League, their intention is to stay. "If they don't kick me out, I'll stay here one hundred percent. More than ever. First, because I want to stay. It's something special, more than the contract I have left (until the summer of 2021). I want to stay and help the team keep the level as much as possible, "he said.

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