On Monday the Premier League made the announcement regarding an unprecedented array of charges brought towards Manchester City, relating to a period between 2009 and 2018, with potential punishments if the club is found guilty ranging from fines to relegation.
Now, Pep Guardiola has spoken to the media for the first time since the charges were brought to Manchester City.
The Sky Blues are due to face off with Aston Villa in a Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
When speaking to the media pre-Villa, Guardiola was asked about the charges and first decided to speak about the people in Turkey and Syria affected by the recent earthquake: “My first words are for the people in Turkey and Syria. It is terrible what has happened.
On the charges, he added: “My first thought is we’re already being condemned. It’s the same with UEFA, we were already condemned. The club proved we were completely innocent. You know on what side I am.
“We are lucky we live in a country where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It seems like we have already been sentenced. What is going to happen, I don’t know. We think we have good lawyers and I we are going to defend our positon.
“Time will depend what happens. We will see what a judge, the Premier League decides. In the same way with Uefa, we are innocent.
“(If charged and punished) we will be back. We will get Paul Dickov and Mike Summerbee and be back.
“The club, they talk to all of us. But we have trained like normal to get ready for Aston Villa. The last seven years have been for us, our fans and our people. The court will dictate what happens. I am fully convinced that we will be innocent.”