PEP GUARDIOLA has urged UEFA to decide quickly whether Manchester City will face a Champions League ban.
The governing body announced on Thursday that they have opened an investigation into allegations of Financial Fair Play breaches.
Getty Images – Getty Pep Guardiola wants Uefa to decide quickly if City are to be punished
The ultimate sanction would be kicking the Etihad club out of their competitions next season.
City issued a robust statement on Thursday night welcoming Uefa’s move and denying that they had done anything wrong.
Guardiola, 48, is confident his current club will be cleared but is hoping it will not be dragged out for too much longer.
He said: “I think the club made their statement yesterday, I can’t add more than that.
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“The club is open so hopefully it can finish as soon as possible and Uefa can decide what he sees.
“I said last season, I trust a lot what the club has done because I know them but hopefully they can solve it as soon as possible and stop for this environment.”
Guardiola was asked if he feared his legacy could be tainted if City get charged and said: “No absolutely not”.
The allegations threaten to cast a shadow over Guardiola’s pursuit of four trophies this season.
They return to action against Watford on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top to four points.
City will have to do it without Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and John Stones – but Aymeric Laporte has a chance of playing.
Guardiola added: “Ayme is back training the last two or three days. I don’t know if he is available for tomorrow.
“Kevin is not fit or Fernandinho – but the others are OK, stones not fit neither but the others are OK.”