Guardiola defends Man City over financial fair play allegations

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City have not commented on the stream of claims beyond referring to a statement they issued last week which read: "We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people".

Man City risked Champions League expulsion in 2014 if a UEFA club finance panel had found it had severely breached "Financial Fair Play" rules, created to curb overspending on player costs.

"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".

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow, Pep Guardiola was asked about the allegations that the club falsified their books to allow extra investment from the owner.

The three letters, FFP, have always hung over Manchester City ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008, with the rich Arab pumping billions into the Premier League side to transform them into the all-dominating side we see today.

Roberto Mancini had two contracts while manager of Manchester City, one paid via the club Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi, according to the latest information released by Football Leaks.

In its latest claims, Der Spiegel says City used "creative solutions" including selling players' image rights to an external company, therefore writing off that cost from their accounts.

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In the first allegations on Friday, French investigative website Mediapart claimed Gianni Infantino - the current Federation Internationale de Football Association president who was then UEFA's general secretary - had "directly negotiated" the agreement with City to reduce their 2014 fine.

And while the club have given only a short response to the allegations to date, on Tuesday boss Pep Guardiola insisted City's success is not exclusively down to the money they have spent.

Der Spiegel said this helped turn nearly 30 million euros ($34 million) into revenue instead of a cost, for the objective of UEFA's investigation of club accounts. I don't know what happened because I am a manager.

"About the business, about how they handled this kind of situation, I am completely out (of that)".

Guardiola added that City "have to live with" suggestions they have bought their success.

"If people say it's just about money we accept it, but that point of view is completely wrong", said Guardiola. "In the end we have to focus on what we have to do on the pitch". City, who lead Group F, can take a big stride towards qualification for the last 16 with victory over the Ukrainian champions.

"After dropping points against Lyon, every game is a final".

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