Pep Guardiola demands apology and makes stunning Liverpool claim
Pep Guardiola has demanded an apology from UEFA after Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League was overturned.
And the City manager believes his side’s presence at the top end of the Premier League is “uncomfortable” for the traditionally established giants of English football like Liverpool and Manchester United.
City saw their ban from Europe’s premier competition lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday morning after they were deemed not to have flouted UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
City’s name hasn’t been cleared entirely, however, with Guardiola’s side found to be guilty of failing to cooperate with UEFA’s investigation. A fine of close to £10m was handed out as the original £25m one from February was reduced.
Crucially, however, the CAS did not find evidence of disguising equity funding as sponsorship contributions, as European football’s governing body had alleged.
And the Catalan has come out swinging in his first press conference since the decision, calling for an apology from UEFA while also claiming that the club’s status as one of the wealthiest on the planet irks the Reds and his team’s local rivals United.