Pep Guardiola finally breaks his silence after Man City were charged with 115 financial breaches by Premier League | The SunFebruary 10, 2023
PEP GUARDIOLA has spoken out after Manchester City were charged with 115 financial breaches by the Premier League.
The charges relate to breaching financial regulations over nine seasons between 2009 and 2018 – plus further charges of failing to cooperate and hand over documents as required over the last five seasons from 2018-19 to 2022-23.
City have been charged following a four-year investigation but have not yet been found guilty.
If they are City could be expelled from the Prem and stripped of the titles they have won since 2009.
City released a statement revealing they were "surprised" by the charges and Guaridola commented on the matter in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Aston Villa.
He said: "My first thought is already that we have been condemned."
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"What's happened this week after Monday is the same as what happened with Uefa.
"After Uefa [charges] we were condemned, we already had the accusation and now we have the charge.
"The club proved we were completely innocent [against Uefa], why should we not think that right now when they are just charges or suggestions.
“Between 19 Premier League teams or the words of my people, I rely on the words of my people.
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“I'm fully convinced that we will be innocent — and then what will happen next? Will we stop now? Since Abu Dhabi took over the club, it's been like that.
"In this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
"Now it is time for the lawyers from both sides to defend the position for one side and the other one."
More to follow…
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