Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has stated that he wants “as soon as possible” for the more than one hundred Premier League complaints that have been leveled against the club for alleged financial irregularities to be dealt with.
City, who are currently celebrating their third consecutive title in the English top-flight, were sent to an independent commission in February about 115 alleged rule violations that occurred between 2009 and 2018.
Additionally, the Premier League has accused the club of failing to cooperate with investigators since the beginning of the probe in December of 2018.
The severity of the allegations, which the club categorically refutes, as well as the breadth of the repercussions that would follow a finding of guilt lend credence to the notion that the proceeding could stretch on for some time.
Guardiola does not want there to be a question mark over his team’s accomplishments this season, and he wants a solution to be found as quickly as possible. Guardiola’s team is vying for a trophy triple this year.
The Catalan, who is under contract with the club until 2025, insisted that he would not resign from his position while the allegations against him were still being investigated.
On the eve of their match against Brighton on Wednesday, he made these comments before the game: “What I would like is for the Premier League and judges to be able to make something as soon as possible; that way, if we have done something wrong, everybody will know it.”
“And if we are as we have believed ourselves to be as a club for many years, in the proper way, then people will stop talking about that.
“We are looking forward to it very much tomorrow, but today afternoon is even better than tomorrow.
“I hope that they are not so busy, and that the judges are able to see both sides and decide what is the best because, in the end, I know what we won, and I know that we won fairly on the pitch, and we don’t have any doubts about it,” said the other team.
It is not the first time that City, which was changed both on and off the pitch as a result of its takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, has been in the spotlight due to concerns regarding their finances.
In 2014, the club was assessed a fine of sixty million euros, which is equivalent to sixty-four million dollars, for violating the Financial Fair Play provisions of UEFA.
Due to “serious breaches” of the criteria governing financial fair play, the governing body of European football handed down a two-year suspension from participation in UEFA competitions in February of 2020.
Later on in that year, the sentence was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport; nonetheless, CAS decided that City had obstructed investigations, and the club was penalized 10 million euros as a result.