Pep Guardiola Speaks on Dumping Man City in Case They Are Demoted to League One Over FFP Rules

Pep Guardiola Speaks on Dumping Man City in Case They Are Demoted to League One Over FFP Rules

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Pep Guardiola believes Man City’s FFP breaches are different from those of Everton
  • Everton are in the relegation zone after getting slapped with a 10-point deduction
  • Manchester City and Chelsea could face similar sanctions if found guilty

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola tried to remain coy when asked about Everton’s recent sanctions as his team faces the possibility of suffering a similar fate.

The Toffees were dealt a blow during the international break after an independent commission determined the club had breached the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules.

Sean Dyche’s side was effectively slapped with a 10-point deduction, leaving them 19th on the log ahead of the clash against Manchester United.

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Pep Guardiola during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and BSC Young Boys at Etihad Stadium on November 7, 2023 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo by Joe Prior.
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The latest sanction will likely leave Manchester City fans worried as their club was also charged with 115 alleged breaches of FFP rules. There are now genuine concerns that the Cityzens could be handed an even bigger points deduction which would see them potentially kicked out of the Premier League.

Guardiola’s take

Prior to the early kick off clash against Liverpool, Guardiola faced journalists on Friday, but the Toffees’ points deduction took centre stage of discussions.

When asked about City’s charges and possible sanctions, Guardiola got defensive, saying as per Football London:

"Why should I not believe (we are innocent)? It's the lawyers to make the defence in front of the judge. I didn't change my opinion, we wait and after we accept the resolutions."

After Everton’s point deduction, fans have now been calling on Manchester City to suffer the same fate, but the Etihad club’s punishment would likely surpass Everton’s points deduction, which, according to BBC, is currently the biggest in Premier League history.

Guardiola refused to comment on Everton’s situation, insisting that the case was different from Manchester City.

The Spaniard was then asked whether he would walk away from the job in case Manchester City were demoted to lower-tier leagues for breaching FFP rules.

He responded, “You're questioning me like we have been punished. At the moment, we're innocent. There is more chance I will stay if we are in League One than if we win the Champions League."

City welcome Liverpool at the Etihad on Saturday looking to go four points clear at the top of the table.

Man City with best conversion rates

Sports Brief also reported on the Premier League teams with the best conversion rates as Manchester City come in second after 12 games.

Conversion rate takes into account the number of shots a team has had this season relative to the number of goals that have been scored.

In this sense, Manchester United ranks relatively low in terms of their conversion rate as they have been among the bluntest clubs in the EPL this season.

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