There will be no charge for Pep Guardiola’s touchline conduct at the Etihad, but Liverpool may face consequences for surrounding the referee
Manchester City secured a brilliant 4-1 victory against Liverpool in their game on Saturday to keep their title hopes very much alive.
During the match, Pep Guardiola celebrated Julian Alvarez’s equalizer by shaking Arthur Melo’s hand and celebrating in front of Kostas Tsimikas, which drew criticism. Despite this, Guardiola has stated that his actions were not intended to be disrespectful.
Guardiola has claimed he didn’t mean any disrespect to Liverpool players
The Liverpool Echo reports that Guardiola will not face any retrospective action from the Football Association for his actions on the touchline.
On the other hand, Liverpool players could be in trouble for surrounding referee Simon Hooper and demanding a red card for Rodri after he fouled Cody Gakpo.
Although Rodri had already received a yellow card, he did not receive a second one for this challenge.
Even though Guardiola may not face any charges for his touchline behavior during Manchester City’s win against Liverpool, other managers have been punished for similar behavior this season.
For example, Jurgen Klopp was banned for one match after confronting an assistant referee during an earlier match against Manchester City.
Additionally, Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were also sanctioned for a touchline clash during the August derby between Chelsea and Tottenham.
Liverpool are back in action on Tuesday against Chelsea in the Premier League. the Citizens’ next fixture is at Southampton on Saturday.