October 04, 2021

Guardiola Loses Control on Touchline Against Liverpool

Pep Guardiola was booked for his sideline outburst in the second half of his team’s thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, 3 October.

The City manager challenged the official’s decision to spare The Reds’ James Milner a second yellow card, despite a clear foul on Bernardo Silva.

The 50-year-old Spanish tactician spent several minutes screaming at officials, insisting that the Liverpool defender should have been sent off the pitch – until he was forced to sit down.

Moments later, Milner played a significant role in Liverpool’s second goal, which gave the Reds a 2-1 lead, but was later equalised by Kevin De Bruyne.

During the post-match interview, Guardiola claimed that the Anfield atmosphere influenced the referee’s decision not to give out a red card, but had it been a City player, it would have been a different story.

He said: “It’s a yellow card. It’s clear. It’s Anfield, it’s Old Trafford. In our situation a City player is sent off. It’s too clear. It was a second yellow.”

Jurgen Klopp played down the incident and claimed to have not seen the foul.

Klopp said: “Pep got a little bit outraged over that. I didn’t see but I saw Pep’s reaction obviously but I didn’t know exactly why he did that. Milly did incredibly well in the first half and it is not easy to defend these guys.”

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