Thursday , September 24 2020

Pep Guardiola won't face action after Manchester City's defeat to Liverpool


Manchester City are nine points behind Liverpool in the Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will not face action from the Football Association for his actions during Sunday's defeat to Liverpool.

Liverpool defeated the Premier League champions 3-1 at Anfield to move eight points at the top of the table and nine clear of Guardiola's City.

It came after City had rejected two penalties for handball.

Guardiola could be seen saying "thank you very much" as he shook the hand of referee Michael Oliver after the match.

Asked about the incident, the Spaniard said: "No, it wasn't sarcastic. It was: "Thank you very much."

"I said the same thing after the match against Tottenham. & # 39; Thank you very much & # 39 ;.

"I go to the judges and my colleagues and I say 'good luck' all the time."

City were convinced they had to get a penalty for Trent Alexander-Arnold's handball moments before Fabinho hit the opening goal.

Guardiola appeared visibly upset by the decision to allow a goal, suggesting any questions about putting Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body responsible for English professional football referees.

The City manager did not comment on the incident, except to say, "Ask Mike Riley and his people."

Guardiola was again animated to the touch when the ball hit Alexander-Arnold on the arm from close range in the match.

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