Guardiola demands apology after Man City see European ban overturned
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Guardiola demands apology after Man City see European ban overturned

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City deserve an apology after successfully overturning their European ban.

City won an appeal against a two-year exclusion from European competition imposed by UEFA for alleged Financial Fair Play breaches, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday.

Guardiola feels the club has now proved their innocence after years of accusations related to their financial strength and says it is time for others to accept their place among the elite is merited.

“I’m incredibly happy for the decision. It shows that all that people said about the club was not true,” he said.

“We should be being apologized to. If we did something wrong we would accept, absolutely, the decisions from UEFA and CAS.

“We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves, or all the clubs, to defend us but we have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct, and three independent judges said this.

“Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same rules for financial fair play as all the clubs in Europe.

“People said we were cheating and lying, and many times the presumption of innocence was not there.

“In recent years, how many times people came to our club to do this whispering on us? I would like to see these kind of people and say, ‘Look in our eyes. If you have something to say say it face to face’ and go to the pitch and play on the pitch what we have to play as rivals.

“But they lost off the pitch. We can play in the Champions League because what we have done is right. That’s why they have to accept it, go on the pitch and play against us there.”

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho branded the CAS decision “a disgrace” and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said Monday was not “a good day for football.”

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