Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola will face no disciplinary motion from the Soccer Affiliation for feedback made to the referee after his aspect’s defeat at Liverpool.
The reigning Premier League champions were defeated 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to fall eight factors behind leaders Liverpool within the desk.
Guardiola was livid after two VAR choices went towards his aspect and was caught on digicam saying “thanks a lot” to referee Michael Oliver after the sport.
The Spaniard insisted afterwards that he had not been sarcastic when thanking Oliver.
“It was not sarcastic,” Guardiola stated. “I say ‘thanks a lot’ all of the
time. I stated the identical at Tottenham sport at dwelling. On a regular basis I’m going to referees I say ‘thanks a lot’.”
Fabinho’s early objective for Liverpool got here moments after Oliver had waved away Metropolis’s appeals for a penalty for an alleged handball by dwelling defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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VAR backed up Oliver’s resolution following a referral, whereas Guardiola was additional incensed when one other handball incident involving Alexander-Arnold late within the match additionally went in favour of the house aspect.
Guardiola refused to be drawn when requested concerning the controversial refereeing choices in his post-match press convention.
He stated: “You’ll must ask (referees chief) Mike Riley and the large bosses about that. I’m not right here to speak concerning the choices over the referees or VAR. Don’t ask me, ask them.”
Liverpool doubled their lead by means of Mohamed Salah earlier than half-time and Sadio Mane put them 3-Zero forward earlier than Bernardo Silva struck a late comfort for Metropolis.