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Guardiola fires back at UEFA chief for ‘casting guilt’ on Blues


Erling Haaland

PEP Guardiola hit out at UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and said as a lawyer he should know better than to cast guilt on City before they have faced a Premier League trial over alleged financial breaches.

Ceferin this week claimed that UEFA had been right all along to find City guilty of breaking their own financial rules and issuing a two-year ban from European football in 2020, even through the outcome was eventually overturned at the Court of Arbitratio­n for Sport (CAS).

The Blues were sanctioned by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body in February 2020 after they had been accused of falsely inflating sponsorshi­p revenues between 2012 and 2016. City were also hit with a €30 million fine but they appealed to CAS and the verdict was quashed.

But with City now facing a fight with the Premier League having been charged with breaking 115 financial rules, Ceferin has claimed the European governing body had been right all along to throw the club out of Europe.

That is a claim that has gone down badly with Guardiola, who told Ceferin his interferen­ce went against his own legal background.

“As a lawyer that he is, the president of Uefa, he should wait and after do whatever he wants,” he said. “The sentence from UEFA he has to respect it and he has to wait.

“He has a lot of jobs to do at Uefa, to be involved in the case with lawyers, he should respect the procedure and understand we have the right to defend ourselves.”

Ceferin, inset right, mentioned his own legal background in discussing the City case this week and claimed he still believes the decision of UEFA’s independen­t body was the correct one, despite the subsequent CAS judgement.

“We know we were right. We wouldn’t decide if we didn’t think we were right,” he said in an interview with The

Telegraph. “As a trial lawyer for 25 years, I know that, sometimes, you win a case that you are sure you will lose.

“And, sometimes, you lose a case when you’re sure ... You just simply have to respect in a serious democracy the decision of the court. “I don’t want to speak about the case in England.

“But I trust that the decision of our independen­t body was correct. I didn’t enter into this decision.”

As a lawyer that he is, he should wait and after do whatever he wants Pep Guardiola

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City boss Pep Guardiola has fired back at the UEFA chief’s comments over his club

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