Pep Guardiola slams his former club Barcelona, after claim to back UEFA over Manchester City ban, which denies them 2 years of participation.
Manchester City got themselves engaged in a tough battle with the UEFA after the latter got a two-year ban from the European governing body over the accusations of exaggerating sponsorship deals and financial irregularities in the window of 2012-2016.
The English club has launched all guns against UEFA and has committed to making a plea against the decision. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has also targetted at Barcelona over comments Josep Bartomeu had made following the ban.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Barcelona president Bartomeu commented: “I would like to thank UEFA regarding FFP, they’ve been doing fantastic work in the last couple of years.
“We have regular investigations and we have supported UEFA in everything it does in football,” said Bartomeu.
Asked about the comments after City’s 2-0 league win over West Ham United, Guardiola, a Barca title winner as player and coach, said: “If they are happy we are suspended, I say to the president of Barcelona, let us appeal.
“The people [at City] right now trust what they have done so that is what we are going to do. We’re going to appeal and maybe it happens, but don’t talk too loud Barcelona,”
“That is my advice because everybody is involved sometimes in situations. We are going to appeal and hopefully, in the future, we can play in the Champions League against Barcelona.”
Manchester City’s case will now be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, meanwhile, there are also rumours that even the Premier League can take an action against the Citizens.
It can get even worse as the reports of them being stripped of 2014 league title and a probable relegation are fuelling. Now, it remains to be seen where the case will end.