Manchester City 'hid' more than half of Roberto Mancini's salary

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour led the Manchester City takeover in 2008

The pressure is on Manchester City as more and more leaks documenting alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play come out courtesy of the Der Spiegel / Football Leaks collaboration.

Spanish league chiefs have called on UEFA to punish Paris St Germain and Manchester City following the latest explosive leaked documents about their financial activities.

The German news magazine said it had seen internal documents in which the club's officials discussed how to wipe out a shortfall of nearly £10 million ($13 million).

Guardiola insisted he was out of the loop regarding the latest allegations.

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FFP rules were introduced to curb European sides racking up huge debts and to put limits on how much losses clubs could make over prescribed periods.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president and former UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said this week he expected UEFA to take further action if new evidence surfaced and by Thursday probes into City were looking increasingly likely.

A statement from Etihad said: 'The airline's financial obligations, associated with the partnership of the club and the broader City Football Group, have always been, and remain, the sole liability and responsibility of Etihad Airways'. The deficit is due to RM termination. "I think that the only solution left would be an additional amount of AD (Abu Dhabi) sponsorship revenues that covers this gap". But according to a report by Football Leaks printed in German outlet Der Spiegel, Guardiola's contract is actually dated October 2015. "We want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules".

And Guardiola defended the professionalism of the club at all levels behind the scenes.

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"Believe me, I'm completely honest, I don't know what happened, I'm a manager, focused on the pitch, and the locker room".

City manager Pep Guardiola was asked about the claims at a press conference to preview Wednesday's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk. UEFA's rules are created to encourage clubs to live within their means and prevent fatcat owners, many of them with unlimited funds, from buying their way to success to the detriment of less affluent rivals. Arabtec workers had gone on strike in May 2013, which was said to have resulted "in violence and deportations" and there had also been reports about the dire conditions in Abu Dhabi for migrant workers.

"Manchester City have cheated and should be sanctioned".

Mancini agreed a £1.45m annual salary with City when he joined in 2009, plus bonuses and incentives, but also - according to the allegations - agreed a £1.75m salary with Al Jazira.

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