Quotes from Pep Guardiola have reemerged about quitting his post at Manchester City if he feels they’ve ‘lied’ to him about potential financial sanctions.
The Premier League have announced that Manchester City had broken the league’s financial fair play rules over 100 times across a near 10-year period. Said rules broken relate to the commercial partnerships and figures which have allowed them to navigate UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
City successfully dodged a two-year ban from European competitions brandished by UEFA in recent years thanks to statute of limitations.
Speaking about potential sanctions one year ago, Guardiola stated that he would leave the club if he believed that City had not been truthful with him about their financial situation, stating: “Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them.
“When they are accused of something I ask them: ‘Tell me about that.’ They explain and I believe them. I said to them: ‘If you lie to me, the day after I am not here. I will be out and I will not be your friend any more. I put my faith in you because I believe you 100% from day one and I defend the club because of that.’
“When you put something here [sponsor] it’s overpaid, but other [clubs] the money comes from the USA but the money is correct, even if it’s higher. We have to deal with that, we have to fight with that. As always I am a big fan to support this organisation, no doubt.
“It’s a situation in 2012 or 2013, I was still in Barcelona, most of the people running that are not here now, but of course I would not like it. What I like is to represent a club who do things properly [and] well. It’s not about winning the Champions League and the Premier League, we want to do well for our people and our fans.”