Manchester City won the domestic treble yesterday by annihilating Watford 6-0.
The win was to-be-expected. A line of questioning directed at City manager
Pep Guardiola afterwards was not.
Manchester City FFP violation allegations not going away
In his post-game press conference, Guardiola was asked if his predecessor, Roberto Mancini, received additional money from City’s ownership group (violating FFP regulations). The question indirectly implies that maybe Pep is doing the same (which Pep amazingly acknowledged in his response).
Pep then became infuriated — and didn’t really answer the question:
“Did I receive money for another situation, right now, today? Honestly, do you think I deserve to have this type of question, the day we won the treble, did I receive money? Are you accusing me of receiving money?”
– Pep Guardiola
Read the full transcript.
This was a classic “how dare you ask me that!” response from someone who is cagey enough to not say something that could get him in
treble trouble down the line.
Manchester City’s FFP violations (and potential UEFA Champions League ban) was already becoming one of this year’s primary off-season storylines. Pep’s poor handling of how he answer these questions–and the headlines and attention that his reaction generates–will only make it worse for City and their fans.