Financial fair play: Guardiola "happy" for Manchester City who deserves an "apology"

London (AFP) - Pep Guardiola said he was "incredibly happy" but felt on Tuesday that Manchester City deserved an "apology" after the ban on participation in the next two European Cups was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport ( TAS), a decision criticized by rival coaches José Mourinho and Jürgen Klopp.

"I'm incredibly happy with this decision.It shows that not everything people said about the club was true," Guardiola said at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"We should be apologized.If we had done something wrong, we would absolutely accept the decisions of UEFA and CAS," he added.

The body based in Lausanne (Switzerland) canceled Monday in appeal the suspension of two years of European competitions inflicted in Manchester City by UEFA last February for non-compliance with the rules of financial fair play.

"Nobody can understand how difficult it was for the club to be suspected.Now that we have proven in court (our innocence), we are going back to the field," said the Catalan technician.

José Mourinho, coach of Tottenham and eternal rival of Pep Guardiola, assured that the CAS decision was a "disaster" which marked the end of financial fair play.

- "A shameful decision" -

"It is a shameful decision, because if Manchester City are not guilty then to be punished with a few millions is a shame.If you are not guilty you are not punished.On the other hand, if you are guilty , you should be banned, so it is also a shameful decision.In any case, the decision is a disaster ", explained the Portuguese.

"I really believe financial fair play is dead," he added, saying that "new club owners will feel like this circus has opened the door, so let's go ahead and take advantage of it."

Posted Date: 2020-07-21

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