Guardiola demands apology, as he challenges Man City rivals

Date published: Tuesday 14th July 2020 1:59

Pep Guardiola wants an apology after Manchester City had their European ban overturned and has challenged their rivals to “go on the pitch and play against us”.

The Spanish boss said he was “incredibly happy” after City saw their ban lifted on Monday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted a two-year ban imposed on City by UEFA over Financial Fair Play breaches.

Guardiola said: “I am incredibly happy for the decision. It shows what all the people said about the club wasn’t true. What we won on the pitch, we defend on the pitch.”

Rival managers Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have criticised the decision but Guardiola feels City are owed an apology.

He said: “We should be apologised to because if we did something wrong we would accept the decision from UEFA, because we did something wrong.

“We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us but we have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct and three independent judges said this.

“Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same rules as all the clubs in Europe.

“If we had broken FFP, we would have been banned but we have to defend ourselves because we were right.


“We can play in the Champions League next season because what we have done is right. They have to accept it, go on the pitch and play against us.”

Guardiola feels as if a weight has been lifted from the club.

He added: “People cannot understand how difficult it was for everyone as a club being under suspicion. Now we have proven it at the court, we go again on the pitch.”

Guardiola, speaking at a press conference to preview Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth, was unwilling to discuss the implications of the ruling for his own future at the club.


He said: “Now is not the time. We have one month in front of us. One year for a manager is a long, long time and the decisions we thought to do before the sentence it was quite similar now.

“I was happy before and now. We have time to talk about this.”

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