The Blues were hit with unprecedented charges by the Premier League in February, accused of 115 breaches of competition rules that include nearly a decade of misrepresenting their finances to relevant authorities and failing to cooperate with an investigation into them. The club insists it has a “comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position”, and will be able to defend themselves at an independent tribunal but the complexity and scale of the case means it could take years before it is heard.
A report on Thursday claimed that a date has been set for the case to be heard in Autumn 2024 and a potential verdict coming in Summer 2025. Both Manchester City and the Premier League declined to comment on the report when contacted by the Manchester Evening News. Here is everything the manager has said on the matter:
November 24, 2023: “Why should I not believe? It&aposs the lawyers to make the defence in front of the judge. I didn&apost change my opinion, we wait and after we accept the resolutions.
“I&aposm not going to say one word about Everton because I don&apost know the reality of what happened. They are two completely different cases. I know people are saying why don&apost City go to the Conference but let&aposs wait.
“You read it and we should be relegated of course, but nobody knows. All the people who say it dont know exactly what happened. I havent read it all. But wait, what I said a month ago if weve done something wrong well be punished. After what will be done, I will be here, the case for Everton and I dont know what happened but its a completely different one. Thats why you cannot compare it.”
What punishment would make you consider your future?: “It&aposs a good question I will answer when I have the sentence. At the moment we are innocent.. But wait and see, if the guilt is proven, I know people want it and prove it, but wait and see and after well come and explain.
“There is more chance to stay than winning the Champions League. Read the newspaper, why Everton have been punished, two different cases, not the same, completely different, other one is more complicated, the lawyer on both sides present the case and then well speak.”
After the charges were made in February: All I can say is that I support the club and trust what the directors have told me. I am not the right person to ask about the evidence the club has, I am not a lawyer and it is a sensitive issue when you are talking about a legal action. I know a little of the reasons and there are two sides. All I can do is try to win the games. You have to try and fight if you think you have a case and I believe we are going to do it.
“The club proved they were completely innocent,” said Guardiola in February. “What&aposs happened since Monday is the same as what happened with UEFA.
“We have already been condemned. You have to understand that 19 teams in the Premier League are accusing us without us having the ability to defend.
“We are lucky we live in a marvellous country where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We didn&apost have this opportunity, we are already sentenced. I am fully convinced we will be [proven] innocent.”
On his future in May: “I will stay next season,” Guardiola said. “I will stay. When 100 breaches from the Premier League against us, don&apost worry, we will be there.”
But the former Bayern Munich head coach made sure to mention that he wants the Premier League to swiftly come to a decision regarding City&aposs FFP investigation “What I would like is for the Premier League, or the judges, to make [a decision] as soon as possible,” he added.
“Maybe we did something wrong, everyone will know it, and if we are like we believe we are, like we have done as a club for many years in the right way, then the people stop talking about that. We would love it tomorrow.
“Hopefully they are not so busy, and judges can see it and listen to both sides, and at the end decide what is the best. Because in the end I know firmly that what we won on the pitch we deserve it, I don&apost have any doubts.”