Pep Guardiola explains desire to stay at Man City despite Premier League charges

Guardiola believes the case against City is being driven by the other 19 clubs in the Premier League and accused them of acting as judge and jury.

He added: “What has happened this week after Monday is the same as what happened with Uefa. With Uefa we were condemned. We had already accusations, now we have just charges.

“When they told me before they defend the accusation from Uefa, the club proved we were completely innocent. Why should we not think right now when we are being condemned from charges and suggestions?

“You have to understand that between 19 teams of the Premier League is accusing us without the latest opportunity to defend and the words of my chairman, my CEO, my people explain everything during these three or four years. You know exactly on what side I am.

“I would say we are lucky we live in a marvellous country where we have a society where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We didn’t have this opportunity. We are already sentenced and tough.

Guardiola said that, compared to 2020, he is more convinced this time that City will be found not guilty. He has spoken to chief executive Ferran Soriano and chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak and added: “I would say they are more confident, maybe they have more experience and more information. They have a lot of pages that they present to UEFA that they are now introduce against the Premier League.”

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