Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho can call him to discuss FFP ruling

Guardiola: "The sentence from the three independent judges was clear. But, if they want, they know my telephone number, they can call me and I can explain"

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would welcome a phone call with Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp to discuss the ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Pep Guardiola says rival Premier League bosses Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are welcome to call him to discuss their grievances at Manchester City having a two-year ban from European competition overturned.

On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) removed the suspension UEFA had handed to City - and reduced their initial €30m fine to €10m (£8.96m) - after finding "most of the alleged breaches reported were either not established or time-barred".

UEFA had accused City of breaking their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by overstating sponsorship revenue in their accounts and in the break-even information submitted between 2012 and 2016, as well as failing to co-operate with its investigation.

Liverpool manager Klopp said the decision to overturn the ban was not "a good day for football," because he believes FFP rules are important to protect both teams, and the sport as a whole.

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Liverpool boss Klopp says City's FFP ban being overturned is not great for the sport but is pleased they are in next season's Champions League

Tottenham head coach Mourinho said the ruling was "disgraceful and a "disaster", arguing that if City were innocent they shouldn't have been fined, and if they were guilty the suspension should have stood.

"If they want to talk, I'm here," Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

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"The sentence from the three independent judges was clear. But, if they want, they know my telephone number, they can call me and I can explain. It's not a problem at all.

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"But I think we don't have to discuss a lot because the sentence was clear. All the suggestions that we were lying or cheating, it was not like this. We were clean, like they say are."

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Tottenham manager Mourinho says the decision to lift the two-year European ban for City but still fine them was a 'disaster'

With City already having sealed a second-placed Premier League finish behind champions Liverpool, the ruling means the club have qualified for next season's Champions League.

Guardiola, whose future in Manchester had been in doubt amid the possibility of the ban, said he is delighted for his squad, who will retain the opportunity to play in Europe's top competition.

"I am incredibly happy for them," Guardiola said.

"They are the reason why we are in the Champions League next season because of what they have done on the pitch.

"Off the pitch, maybe, other clubs are better, but on the pitch we were quite good the last three or four years, and we will defend what we won on the pitch next season in Europe."

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