Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has accused Manchester United and Liverpool of being jealous of his side’s presence at the top end of the Premier League.
He made the accusation after City’s ban from European competitions was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday morning after they were deemed not to have flouted UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Guardiola said: “We should be apologised to because if we did something wrong we will accept the decision from UEFA because we did something wrong.
“We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us but we have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct and three independent judges said this.
“Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same rules as all the clubs in Europe.
“If we had broken FFP, we would have been banned but we have to defend ourselves because we were right. People said we were cheating and lying and the presumption of innocence was not there.
“When we were proved right we were incredibly happy because we can defend what we have done on the pitch.
“This club tried for the whole history, at Maine Road or without heroes like Colin Bell or Mike Summerbee, the legends that we have had, we have done our best to do it on the pitch.
“I know that for elite clubs like Liverpool, United, Arsenal, it is uncomfortable us being here.
“But they have to understand we deserve to be with them and fighting for the achievements that they have achieved in the past. We deserve to be stronger year by year. There are incredible people in this organisation working to make us better.
“We don’t have to ask permission to be there, we deserve to be there. When we lose, I will shake my hands and congratulate them but all the time we have done. Guys, accept it.
“We want to be here and we tried. Sometimes we win, sometimes not but they have to understand it. Don’t whisper and go behind our backs, do it on the pitch.
“People cannot forget we were damaged. Our reputation was damaged with accusations that show they were not true. That’s why they have to be both happy or at least accept because we should complain and we don’t so the other ones shouldn’t say much more than this.”