Pep Guardiola’s sarcastic behaviour after Liverpool
One of the big talking points on Sunday after Liverpool beat Man City was the behaviour of Pep Guardiola.
After the match ended, Guardiola sarcastically interacted with referee Michael Oliver.
Man City were denied a penalty in the first half after Trent Alexander-Arnold handled in the box.
Minutes later, Liverpool went 1-up through Fabinho’s super strike.
When the game finished, Guardiola shook referee Oliver’s hand saying “Thank you so much!”
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Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho fined after Sunderland
In 2014, when Jose Mourinho was still the manager of Chelsea, the Special One was fined for a similar outburst after a defeat to Sunderland.
On that occasion, Mourinho described referee Mike Dean’s performance as “unbelievable” and “fantastic” in the Sunderland game.
As a result, the FA fined Mourinho 10,000 pounds.
At that time, the FA claimed Chelsea’s manager had “brought the game into disrepute”.
So why isn’t Guardiola going to be punished?
In the Times on Tuesday, reporter Paul Joyce has confirmed that Guardiola won’t face any repercussions for his behaviour after Liverpool.
What’s the difference between the Guardiola and Mourinho cases?
That’s not immediately clear, as the Times report the following:
The FA has decided against charging Guardiola with misconduct over his actions at the end of the match on Sunday.
Guardiola, who was furious that his side had not been awarded two penalties, offered the referee Michael Oliver an exaggerated handshake after the final whistle, and appeared to say sarcastically: “Thank you so much”.
José Mourinho was fined £10,000 in 2014 after he had said sarcastically that the officials were “fantastic” in Chelsea’s defeat by Sunderland.
In the case of Guardiola, however, the FA said that he had no case to answer.
Pep Guardiola is expected to honour the final 18 months of his contract as Manchester City manager and will be given funds to add to his playing squad in January | @hirstclass and @_pauljoyce https://t.co/azz16D4Iln
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) November 12, 2019
Guardiola will leave Man City when his contract ends
Another topic of discussion since the Liverpool game is whether Pep Guardiola will walk out on Man City before the end of his contract.
Guardiola’s contract expires at the end of next season.
However, reports in the last few days have suggested the Spanish manager could end his tenure at the Etihad when this season ends.
Not so, says Paul Joyce. The Times report the following:
Pep Guardiola is expected to honour the final 18 months of his contract as Manchester City manager and will be given funds to add to his playing squad in January.
The Times believe Man City will try to sign two players in January:
To help him, the City board will make funds available to Guardiola when the transfer window reopens in January.
The former Barcelona coach could sign two players in the winter transfer market. City are on the lookout for a central defender and an attacking player.
They have recently been linked with Rúben Dias, the Benfica centre back, and Mikel Oyarzabal, the Real Sociedad winger.