Guardiola signed for Manchester City while coach of Bayern

Heather Diaz
November 8, 2018

Manchester City and their sponsors manipulated contracts to circumvent Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations, according to Der Spiegel.

The "Football Leaks" documents, which include emails, contracts and presentations, were obtained by German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with worldwide media consortium European Investigative Collaborations.

Some of City's sponsorship deals came under renewed scrutiny in Wednesday's instalment from Der Spiegel, which claimed that City remain sensitive to allegations of human rights abuse in the United Arab Emirates.

"In the last 10 years, people say that City have only won because of the money they have invested", Guardiola said on Tuesday. The takeover of Sheikh Mansoor from the Etihad Group has seen the Citizens spend millions and millions of pounds on big money signings, and they have hardly ever missed out on their targets.

"It is down to us as players to create the atmosphere in there and help the fans", said Walker.

"If people say it's just about money we accept it, but that point of view is completely wrong."
"We work a lot in a good way".

Guardiola added that he trusted the club to follow the regulations in all competitions.

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City say they will not be commenting on the claims, which come after initial allegations about the club and FFP were published by the magazine on Friday.

In addition, Jose Mourinho has stated that he suspected Manchester City of these kinds of wrongdoings from several years. "I have thoughts from a few years ago but I keep the thoughts to myself, "he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of United's clash with Juventus on Wednesday".

"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".

"The gap between what we (City) do and what they (Arabtec) do is unbridgeable". I am focused on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.

"I'm a manager. I'm completely out of how we handle this situation".

In the latest allegations to plunge City into turmoil, it is alleged a risk analysis regarding a possible deal with Arabtec was carried out by executives but that, despite the report concluding a partnership with the company would have "significant potential to damage the perception and standing of the club and its owners", the club struck an agreement regardless, signing a regional contract that would be publicised only in Arab states, Russian Federation and Turkey, where there was considered to be less risk of condemnation.

City were fined 60 million euros by UEFA in 2014 for breaching those rules, but the two parties reached an agreement under which the club would get 40 million euros back if they stuck to the terms of their settlement.

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