Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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Man City could cope with transfer ban, insists Guardiola

Man City could cope with transfer ban, insists Guardiola

The FIFA issue has been raised just a week after European governing body UEFA opened an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules by City.

Pep Guardiola was thought to be planning a summer swoop for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, as well as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

A transfer ban for the Premier League champions would come less than a month after Chelsea were hit with the same sanction for 29 breaches of article 19 of FIFA's regulations on the transfer and status of players.

If found guilty by the world governing body, City would likely appeal, which could leave them free to sign players this summer, but whatever materialises Guardiola is confident he already has the players to cope.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are also launching a second probe into City's funding of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana, which if found guilty could land them in even more serious trouble.

And that investigation was broadened later in 2018 when a second Danish newspaper, Politiken, published a story that said City had a secret deal with Vernon to have first refusal on the best prospects from Right to Dream.

If that is true, the English outfit will face no lesser than a transfer ban because of the third-party infringement as City could be argued that they had the influence of other clubs to sign the players.

Guardiola has said he trusts those running the club and last week called for any investigations to be concluded quickly.

Speaking ahead of City's FA Cup quarter-final with Swansea City on Saturday, Guardiola said there is little he can do about the situation and remains firmly focused on delivering positive results for the club.

According to The Sun, FIFA are investigating the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana with particular reference to Sierra Leone's George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, both of whom said they played for the club before turning 18. I was clear on my opinion. "The squad's good, it's really good".

"I understand your job but I answered five, six or seven questions last week". Even though the bans of Real Madrid and Barcelona were cut short, the appeals from Chelsea and Atletico Madrid were turned down without a blink of an eye.

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