Man City CEO Ferran Soriano has finally broken his silence on the European ban UEFA recently handed to them. The Citizens official issued a statement in response to the recent unfolding, offering the fans reassuring words amid these troubling times.
The Premier League giants were found guilty by European football’s governing body of overstating their sponsorship revenue in order to bypass FFP regulations. As a result, Guardiola’s side were slapped with a two-year ban from all European competitions, prohibiting them from participating in the Champions League until the 2022/23 season.
The club issued a prompt statement after UEFA’s announcement, denying any wrong doing before confirming they would take their fight to athe Court of Arbitration for Sport and appeal this decision. Soriano, who has spoken for the first time since this crisis erupted, echoed a similar sentiment.
The Man City official looked to calm down the fans who are likely concerned about what the future holds for their beloved club. With the possibility of no European football for two years hanging over their head, many fear the likes of Guardiola and Sterling will jump ships.
Nonetheless, Soriano not only argued the Citizens innocence but stressed their intentions to fight this ruling to their maximum capacity. He said (as per the Mirror):
"The fans can be sure of two things. The first one is that the allegations are false.
"And the second is that we will do everything that can be done to prove so.”
"We know the fans are supporting us. We can feel it. MCFC fans have gone through challenges over the decades. This is just another challenge. We will stick together, we will go through it and we will not let the fans down."
The allegations against Man City are that the Abu Dhabi owners injected clash into the club and hid it as sponsorship revenue. The CEO has denied those allegations and admitted that they are seeking to close this chapter before the summer.
He added: "The owner has not put money in this club that has not been properly declared. We are a sustainable football club, we are profitable, we don't have debt, our accounts have been scrutinized many times, by auditors, by regulators, by investors and this is perfectly clear.
"We are looking for an early resolution obviously through a thorough process and a fair process so my best hope is that this will be finished before the beginning of the summer and until then for us, it is business as usual."
Speaking ahead of the team’s clash with West Ham, Soriano stated that the manager and players are all focused on their upcoming games, with the Manchester giants gearing up for a trip to Real Madrid next week in the Champions League round of 16.