Guardiola Responds to Ceferin’s Statements Ahead of City’s FA Cup Clash
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has fired back at UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin following the latter’s recent comments on Financial Fair Play (FFP) and City’s previous ban from the Champions League. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Ceferin expressed confidence in UEFA’s decision to suspend City from the Champions League four years ago. Guardiola, responding to Ceferin’s remarks ahead of City’s FA Cup clash against Tottenham, urged the UEFA president to respect any future decision made by the independent panel handling City’s case.
In the interview, Ceferin refrained from commenting on the 115 charges brought against City by the Premier League for alleged breaches of profit and sustainability rules. However, he affirmed UEFA’s belief in the correctness of their decision to impose a two-year European ban on City in 2020 for violating FFP rules.
Guardiola, addressing Ceferin’s statements, emphasized the need for the UEFA president to exercise patience and await the outcome of the ongoing proceedings. “As a lawyer, he [Ceferin] should wait, and after he can do whatever he wants. Whatever sentence there is about UEFA he has to respect it,” Guardiola asserted. He also highlighted City’s right to defend themselves and expressed confidence in the fairness of the process.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters recently disclosed that a date has been set for City’s case to be heard by an independent panel, although the specific date remains undisclosed.
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