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 had been defeated 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to fall eight factors behind leaders Liverpool within the desk.
Guardiola was livid after two VAR selections went in opposition to 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 mentioned. “I say ‘thanks a lot’ all of the
time. I mentioned the identical at Tottenham recreation at residence. 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 residence 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 selections in his post-match press convention.
He mentioned: “You’ll should ask (referees chief) Mike Riley and the massive bosses about that. I’m not right here to speak concerning the selections over the referees or VAR. Don’t ask me, ask them.”
Liverpool doubled their lead by Mohamed Salah earlier than half-time and Sadio Mane put them 3-Zero forward earlier than Bernardo Silva struck a late comfort for Metropolis.