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Pep Guardiola not worried about Manchester City being banned from Europe

Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City will not be banned from the Champions League.

Reports this week claimed City could face such a punishment if European governing body UEFA decides to take action over alleged attempts to circumvent Financial Fair Play rules.

City were the subject of a series of reports based on leaked emails in German magazine Der Spiegel last month which claimed to highlight accounting irregularities.

UEFA, who fined City almost £50million and imposed further squad and spending limits on the club for breaching FFP in 2014, has since been considering its options in light of these fresh allegations, which City have consistently denied.

UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin this week confirmed an independent body is assessing the situation and formal investigation could follow.

Yet even if it does, Guardiola does not expect the matter to lead to a ban from Europe’s elite competition.

The City manager said: “We will not be banned, no. That’s what I think because I trust in my chairman, with my CEO and what they have explained to me. I trust in them. “If it happens, because UEFA decide that, we will accept it and move forward.”

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