The Premier League’s announcement to charge Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules has sparked plenty of reactions in the football world.
The alleged breaches were committed in the period between 2009 to 2018. If City are found guilty of breaking financial rules, a range of sanctions could be applied to Pep Guardiola’s side, including expulsion from the Premier League.
During the aforementioned period, City won the league three times, and many fans of rival clubs want City to be stripped of their titles.
Guardiola, who led the side during their 2017/18 title triumph, is yet to respond. He will face the media on Friday before his side’s match against Aston Villa. Last season, the Spaniard suggested he’d leave the club if he found the hierarchy had lied to him about the situation.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, his counterpart Erik ten Hag was asked to give his thoughts regarding the Premier League charges. Manchester United interestingly finished second in the season Guardiola won his first league title in England.
However, Ten Hag, as he has done regularly at United, dealt with the question in a blunt manner. The Dutch coach said: “I don’t have an opinion because I’m not here for financial regulations, I am a football manager. I have to stick to that and others have to deal with that.”
The United manager’s focus is clearly on ensuring his players maintain their good run of form. But it’s not going to be easy for the Red Devils to beat their fierce rivals Leeds United without suspended Casemiro, and injured Antony and Anthony Martial on Wednesday night.