Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had his private plane searched with the Spanish authorities on alert over a fugitive Catalan politician.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Spain’s Guardia Civil searched his family’s private plane looking for an exiled Catalan politician Carles Puigdemont.
The former regional president fled to Belgium in October after the national government’s crackdown in the wake of an independence referendum it ruled to be illegal.
Spanish media reports claimed the Guardia searched an aircraft belonging to Manchester City manager Guardiola earlier this week when it landed at Barcelona’s El Prat airport from Manchester.
Guardiola was not present but his family were on board. He confirmed the widely circulated version of events at a news conference ahead of City’s EFL Cup final clash with Arsenal.
“That’s something that my wife explained to me. It happened like it’s being published in the news,” he said.
“The Spanish police, obviously they do their job and have the right to stop a plane and search it.
“It’s what happened. My family saw the police searching the plane and that’s it.”
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