Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he respects Arsenal on the pitch – but he cannot say the same about how the Gunners conduct themselves off it.
A week after Manchester City learned their two-yearEuropean ban had been overturnedby the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), tensions are still running high.
Some senior figures within the game are annoyed City have not been punished for Financial Fair Play regulation breaches, while the club are angry at the behaviour of some of their rivals.
Last week, Guardiola demanded an apology and told rival clubs to stop “whispering” about City behind their backs.
The Blues are understood to believe Arsenal were one of the chief instigators behind a collective approach to Cas by eight clubs in the Premier League – Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Wolves and Burnley – asking them not to agree to any delay in the European suspension pending City’s appeal.
As it turned out, the delay was not required because the case was decided before the end of the season.
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