Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money

Der Spiegel cited Man City documents in which officials wrote: "Without significant additional revenues".

It created "Project Longbow", the name seemingly chosen because it was the weapon of choice for the English army against the French at the famous medieval battles of Crécy and Agincourt.

The scheme is said to have involved a shell company called Fordham Sports Management being set up.

Manchester City are facing fresh allegations that they circumvented Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules - with claims the club saved millions by secretly setting up a shell company to pay players for their image rights. Both PSG and Manchester City are cheating and should be sanctioned. "It is an incredibly professional club and they try to do the things in the right way". The Guardian has not seen or been able to verify the documents Der Spiegel has used in its reporting.

Football Leaks and German magazine Der Spiegel allege City have deliberately mislead Uefa to avoid restrictions on their transfer spending, but the club have denied those reports.

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SIGAR added that data show the Afghan forces "made minimal or no progress in pressuring the Taliban over the quarter". Of the remaining districts, SIGAR assessed that 49 were under insurgent control or influence (12 percent).


A huge £59.5m of an agreement with club sponsor Etihad Airways worth £67.5m was apparently financed by Mansour.

The new documents reveal City chief executive Ferran Soriano said, in reference to FFP, the club "need to fight this and do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football".

"This is reflected in the airline's audited accounts".

Further leaks are expected in the coming days, but with City having worked so hard to improve their image, should these allegations prove to be true, it could be damaging to the Manchester City brand.

"Believe me, I'm completely honest, I don't know what happened, because I am a manager, I am focused about what happened on the pitch, and locker room".

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"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

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".

"If people say it's just about money we accept it, but that point of view is completely wrong."

"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".

"But it is an incredible club with incredible people working here. We work a lot in a good way and that's why I always defend us - especially my players - what we do".

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