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19th May 2019

Pep Guardiola reacts furiously to journalist’s question over Manchester City’s financial dealings

Wayne Farry

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Guardiola was asked the question after his side’s FA Cup final victory

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacted furiously after a journalist questioned him about his side’s alleged Financial Fair Play breaches after their 6-0 victory over Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

City dominated the FA Cup final at Wembley to become the first men’s team to win the domestic treble in England, with goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne putting pay to any hopes Watford had of upsetting the Premier League champions.

After the game however, Guardiola was asked whether he had ever been paid by Abu Dhabi for services other than managing Manchester City, something which is alleged to have occurred with one of City’s former managers, Roberto Mancini.

The Catalan coach responded angrily to the question being asked at a time when the club had just made history with their third domestic trophy of the year.

“Do you realise what you are asking me? You are asking me that the day we won the treble? Are you accusing me?” he said.

The end to Manchester City’s season – which saw them win the league by a solitary point over Liverpool on the final day – has been somewhat soured by revelations emerging that UEFA are looking to ban the club from the Champions League over irregularities in their finances.

UEFA are investigating claims that City intentionally misled financial regulators over the club’s financial dealings.