Guardiola expects punishment if City broke financial rules

Mancini's dismissal as City boss left a hole in the club's accounts

Mancini's dismissal as City boss left a hole in the club's accounts

It's claimed the Premier League side, like Paris Saint-Germain in France, have inflated their earnings through investment from their owners in a way to get around Financial Fair Play rules.

This was followed up by further claims on Monday and Tuesday, including suggestions sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi-based companies were topped up by discrete payments from City's owner Sheikh Mansour.

"Football Leaks" documents, showing the two clubs had inflated sponsorship revenues to meet the requirements, were obtained by the German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with European Investigative Collaborations, a consortium of worldwide media.

Mourinho was asked about his view of the allegations against City, and said he suspected wrongdoing at the club.

The cache, which spans much of the past 10 years, includes previously undisclosed details of UEFA's investigation of the two clubs' financial affairs and the settlement terms relating to the FFP rules of European soccer's ruling body.

Pep Guardiola has come out in defence of Manchester City's spending following revelations made in the latest round of Football Leaks reports.

Der Spiegel cites internal Man City correspondence to show the team's holding company, state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group, paid the shell firm to "buy" player image rights from the club.

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The reigning Premier League champions entertain rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, having scored six times in each of their home games against Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk over the past week.

Der Spiegel also claimed last week City were one of a number of clubs interested in such a proposal.

In a repeated statement they first issued last week, City said they would not comment on what they described as "out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people". 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 as the club tried to avoid being banned from European competitions for overspending. According to Der Spiegel, City avoided a possible suspension from the Champions League over the matter after exerting intense legal pressure on Uefa.

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

Der Spiegel also reports that City owner Sheikh Mansour provided monetary supplements to existing deals with sponsors in Abu Dhabi, where he is part of the royal family, to invest more money into the club.

Solari's first two matches have ended in league and cup wins, and the Argentine said: 'I am committed to my role, whether that be for two more days, or a week, just the same. "In the end we have to focus on what we have to do on the pitch".

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