Jose Mourinho responds to Manchester City's FFP breach allegations

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"But I am part of the club and support the club absolutely and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules". Are you still going to cling to this spurious notion that your club has been treated viciously by Uefa?

That is the incredibly damning assessment of Manchester City from German magazine Der Spiegel in the second instalment of the unmasking of the Premier League champions this week.

It's claimed the Premier League side, like Paris Saint-Germain in France, have inflated their earnings through investment from their owners in a way to get around Financial Fair Play rules.

The external company paid City "almost 30m euros" (£26m) and were then reimbursed approximately £11m a year in secret by owner Sheikh Mansour's holding company, Abu Dhabi United Group. In explaining the name, the club's chief legal adviser, Simon Cliff, allegedly noted in an internal email that the longbow was "the weapon the English used to beat the French at Crécy and Agincourt" - the implication being that Platini, a Frenchman, and his brainchild were the enemy. I am focussed on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.

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Mourinho was asked about his view of the allegations against City, and said he suspected wrongdoing at the club. "After we have three or four days to think about United".

"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

"In the last 10 years, people say that City have only won because of the money they have invested", Guardiola said on Tuesday.

Der Spiegel, crediting Football Leaks, has also alleged the third-party company to which they sold player image rights was also funded by the Sheikh.

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Man City has not disputed the authenticity of the documents, and said an "attempt to damage the club's reputation is organized and clear".

This rise coincided with UEFA creating rules - in consultation with the European Club Association - to limit spending within a club's ability to generate revenue.

It is claimed by Der Spiegel that despite imposing a fine, UEFA showed City "far too much lenience". "The most important will be Shakhtar, first because it is the next one and second because it is a final".

Man City apparently wanted to shift some costs away from the club and helped set up a shell company called Fordham Sports Management with two British investors.

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Der Spiegel said this helped turn nearly 30 million euros ($34 million) into revenue instead of a cost, for the goal of UEFA's investigation of club accounts.

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