Guardiola escapes ban for comments about referee ahead of Manchester derby.


The Man City boss landed himself in hot water over what he had to say about Anthony Taylor.


Pep Guardiola has escaped a ban after being warned by the FA over his referee comments ahead of the Manchester derby.

City boss Guardiola was asked to explain his comments about ref Anthony Taylor who comes from Altricham and his appointment caused uproar among City fans.

FA rules state refs cannot talk about referees before games.

Guardiola said at the time: "He is going to try to do the best job like we try to as managers and football players.

"Mr Taylor is going to try to have a good game. The important thing is to focus on our game and, of course, knowing which opponent we are going to face and that is all.

"Hopefully he can make good decisions for both sides and it will a good game. All England and all Europe is going to watch us. That is the most important pleasure."

But the FA have decided it was only worthy of a warning as it is a first offence and they judge each case on its merits.

Guardiola’s remarks were also deemed not to be inflammatory.

Source: Daily Mirror.

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