Man City star Kevin De Bruyne throws shade at Liverpool over failed Premier League title bid – Metro.co.uk

Man City star Kevin De Bruyne throws shade at Liverpool over failed Premier League title bid - Metro.co.uk

Pep Guardiola: Man City innocent until proven guilty on Financial Fair Play rules

Manchester City are “innocent until proven guilty” over claims they breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, says manager Pep Guardiola.

City, seeking to complete a domestic treble in Saturdays FA Cup final against Watford, face a Uefa inquiry.

It is understood some Uefa investigators want the club to be banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty.

The Hornets boss said that he has not been able to see her for a long period of time and that it is going to be a special occasion. 

“I know people want to find us guilty but we are innocent until proven guilty. Today we are innocent.”

Javi Gracia will get to see his mother for the first time in a year at Watfords FA Cup final against Manchester City on Saturday.

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City have won the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season and will become the first team to win the mens domestic treble in England if they beat Watford on Saturday (17:00 BST).

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Chief investigator Yves Leterme has made his recommendation but it is not known if he supports a ban.

Former Belgian prime minister Leterme, chairman of the investigatory panel of Uefas independent financial control board (CFCB), and his team looked at evidence first uncovered in a series of leaks published by German newspaper Der Spiegel last year.

“Their manager and the way they play, I like it. Its going to be tough against them, Im sure of that. But I think every single game, our target is to show everyone who we are.”

The reports alleged that City broke FFP regulations by inflating the value of a multi-million-pound sponsorship deal. City were fined £49m in 2014 for a previous breach of regulations.

It understood Letermes fellow board members firmly expressed the view at a recent meeting that a season-long ban would be a suitable punishment if City are found guilty.

Having achieved a club record Premier League points tally in their first season under Spaniard Gracia – the ninth managerial appointment in seven years under the Italian Pozzo family – these are good times for Hornets fans.

Uefa said Leterme, “after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber”, decided “to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation”.

Watford finished 48 points behind City in the table but boss Javi Gracia, who masterminded a famous win at Spanish giants Barcelona in 2015 when in charge at Malaga, said: “All the experiences you have help you.

It is unlikely any punishment for City will apply to next seasons Champions League because they could appeal, and even take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

City could also face a transfer ban, with the Football Association, Premier League and Fifa investigating the club over the signing of youth players.

But he’s here, and why? Because he showed English football that it was possible to survive by means beyond a defensive grind. His Wigan were an expansive side who always looked to play football. Sure, they weren’t always successful and their approach often led to them getting obliterated by top-tier opponents where other, more conservative sides might have only lost by one or two, but there was a method in his madness. Wigan would always coalesce towards the end of the season and go on these great runs, beating everyone in their way to survive.

Meanwhile, Guardiola also responded to criticism the club have faced since a video emerged on social media on Tuesday which appeared to show City players and staff singing a distasteful version of Liverpools Allez, Allez, Allez.

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Guardiola said: “If someone was offended for another issue I apologise, but it wasnt our intention. We were happy for ourselves.”

When Watford reached their only previous FA Cup final in 1984, the season began and ended with Elton John throwing a lavish bash. Eight months before the clubs Wembley appearance ended in a 2-0 defeat by Everton, the players and their families as well as groundsmen, caterers through to club office staff were invited to a garden party hosted by the then Watford chairman at his mansion in Windsor.

Pep Guardiola was asked about his players singing Manchester Citys version of the Allez Allez Allez chant during the press-conference ahead of the FA Cup Final tomorrow.

A large marquee was erected on the lawn and a pitch was marked out surrounded by boards where players had a kickabout. The annual get-together was held on the final Sunday of pre-season, the last chance for players to let their hair down as Neil Price, the left back, recalls. The day began with the younger…

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The lyrics include a line about their skipper Vincent Kompany injuring Salah, Liverpool fans being battered in the street and referring to the club as victims of it all.

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But while the Spaniard has apologised for any offence caused, he doesnt think the song was inappropriate.

I dont know how people could, even for one second, imagine we could offend the tragedies that happen in Liverpool. We are happy for ourselves, not because we are for the other one. If someone was offended, Im sorry he said.

It will be a tough ask for Watford with Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United occupying those spaces this season. But the likes of United have shown some signs of weakness and face an uncertain future, potentially opening the door for an outsider to swoop in.

Happy for yourselves?! Are you joking mate?! YOUVE JUST WON THE TITLE AND YOURE SINGING ABOUT LIVERPOOL FANS GETTING BEATEN UP.

Given the task at hand on Saturday, there is some uncertainty over whether Gracia will continue with Gomes or if Foster will get his first FA Cup game of the season on the biggest stage. For his part, however, Foster has made his feelings on the situation clear.

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While we were pretty angry at the video itself, we were more disappointed by Citys reaction to it – which you can read about here.

Watfords recent form has not been impressive, admittedly: they lost their last three games of the league season, dropping to 11th in the process – a disappointment given they were lurking just outside the European places for much of the campaign. They must raise their game again here, but there is good news on the personal front: left-back José Holebas is free to play after having a suspension overturned.

Why is it so difficult for a club to realise that players singing a song about fans being beaten up in the street (whether than be Sean Cox or not) is maybe a bit out of order?!

Widespread changes to the side that thrashed Brighton are unlikely. The only real dilemma is between Leroy Sané, Riyad Mahrez – who did his chances no harm with a fine display on the south coast – and a central midfielder. Its probably too early for Kevin de Bruyne to start, and with Fernandinho out, there might just be half a chance for Phil Foden if Guardiola is feeling sentimental.

Pep is a quality manager and he actually seems a decent person, too – but hes better than acting as a puppet for such a detestable PR machine.

Lets just hope UEFA serve them their comeuppance and the Premier League and FA follow suit with investigations of their own.

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