Thursday 20 February 2020
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola responded to comments made by Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeo on the European Union’s decision to punish the Citizens by denying them the Champions League.
UEFA had issued a decision to ban Manchester City from participating in the UEFA Champions League for the next two seasons, in addition to fining 30 million euros for violating the rules of fair financial play.
Bartomeo announced his support for UEFA’s decision, saying: “I would like to thank UEFA for his decision on preserving the rules of financial play. They have done a great job in the past two years.”
For his part, Guardiola replied to Bartumios statements during a press conference whose events were reported in the British “Daily Mail” and said: “If they are happy to stop us, they have allowed us to appeal twice, I ask people to trust what the club officials are doing.”
He added: “Do not speak loudly in Barcelona, this is my advice, because sometimes everyone gets involved.”
He continued: “We will appeal against UEFA’s decision and hope that in the future we will play against Barcelona in the Champions League.”
It is worth mentioning that Manchester City will be a guest at Real Madrid on the twenty-sixth of February in the away leg of the Champions League 16 round.