Jose Mourinho slams Man City on alleged FFP breaches

City could face UEFA and Premier League sanctions over alleged financial doping

At the time of the email, France legend Michel Platini was Uefa president.

Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow, Pep Guardiola was asked about the allegations that the club falsified their books to allow extra investment from the owner.

Pep Guardiola claimed earlier on Tuesday that he knows nothing about it due to his focus being on his players and tactics as a manager, though eternal rival Mourinho admitted that he felt something might have been going on behind the scenes as City continue to spend big in the transfer market.

The official response from City to Der Spiegel's request for comment remains, "The attempt to damage the Club's reputation is organised and clear".

Further leaks are expected in the coming days, but with City having worked so hard to improve their image, should these allegations prove to be true, it could be damaging to the Manchester City brand.

"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

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The disclosures came as Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, defended his role in secretly helping City negotiate a FFP settlement with Uefa. I'm part of the club and I support completely the club.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ripped into Manchester City for breaching the FFP regulations laid down by the UEFA. In City's case, however, Fordham Sports Management is alleged to have done so - with City's Abu Dhabi owner reimbursing Fordham directly to the tune of £11m a year.

The three letters, FFP, have always hung over Manchester City ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008, with the rich Arab pumping billions into the Premier League side to transform them into the all-dominating side we see today. One memo from chief executive Ferran Soriano is said to have read, "We will need to fight this and do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football". "UEFA FFP compliance WILL NOT be achieved". This a company of which Der Spiegel claims the ownership is "well hidden", explaining, 'The path first leads to a British straw-man company, then to the British Virgin Islands and finally to the Rowland family trust'. It was supposedly used as a vehicle to disguise payments to players for the right to use their image in marketing campaigns.

The cache, which spans much of the past 10 years, includes previously undisclosed details of UEFA's investigation of the financial affairs of City and Qatar-owned Paris St Germain.

"This was a very good deal for MCFC", a PwC analyst, said, according to Der Spiegel.

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