Pep Guardiola has commented for the first time after the Premier League accusations against Manchester City. The Spanish coach has said that he still believes in the innocence of the club, recalling that the same accusations were made by UEFA, and the special court for sports matters gave the right to the "citizens" after examining the case. Guardiola commented to the media:
"The club proved that it was totally innocent. What has happened since Monday is the same thing that happened with UEFA. We have been punished once. You have to understand that 19 Premier League teams are accusing us while we don't have the ability to defend ourselves. We are lucky to live in a fantastic country where everyone is innocent until proven guilty.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola has surprised the English media, saying that most of the accusations against City have been pushed by other Premier League teams. The technician added:
"Obviously (that accusations have been pushed by other Premier League teams), this is the English Championship. I don't know why it happens. You should ask the CEO. They have now set a precedent with what they have placed upon us. Be careful, be careful in the future as there are many clubs that have been accused like us, being guilty. Who knows what will happen in the future...They believe that we have not behaved properly, we can accept that, but let us defend ourselves if we believe otherwise."
In the past, Guardiola has said he would leave City if allegations of breaching Premier League rules were proven. However, Pep confirmed that he has no intention of leaving City, until this moment. On the contrary, the coach was more enthusiastic than ever to continue his work at the Etihad.