Pep Guardiola has appealed for a quick resolution of Man City’s alleged breaches of Premier League financial rules.
He promised he would stay on as manager regardless of the investigation’s outcome.
Man City, champions in five of the last six seasons, had their case referred to an independent commission by the Premier League in February after being charged with over 100 breaches of financial rules spanning from 2009/10 to 2017/18, but the club unequivocally denies the allegations.
“I will stay. When 100 breaches from the Premier League against us, don’t worry, we will be there.”
Reports suggest the process could stretch on for years, but Guardiola wants a decision to be made quickly “for the benefit of everyone” as the charges cast an awkward shadow over his side’s title celebrations.
“What I would like is for the Premier League, or the judges, to make [a decision] as soon as possible,” he added.
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“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’t have any doubts.”
Asked if it had been a frustrating wait, he added: “We accept it is there. If it happens, it happens. So let’s go. Come on, 24 hours, let’s go, sit down, talk, both sides, lawyers present, don’t wait one year, three years, why not do it quickly?
“Come on. As soon as possible, for the benefit of everyone. But I know there are many cases around the world, injustices. Hopefully, we can do it as soon as possible.”
Guardiola is just two games – the FA Cup final against Man Utd and the Champions League final against Inter Milan – from winning the treble with City, a feat only Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved in English football.