September 21, 2020

Pep Guardiola apologises for Premier League brawl

By Waweru Titus

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has on Saturday (3/12/2016) issued an apology after his side was reduced to nine men as a result of misconduct during Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero was sent off for a flying lurch on David Luiz and in the ensuing skirmish, Fernandinho was dismissed after throttling Cesc Fabregas and pushing him, according to AFP.

“It is a pity it finished like this. It is a pity. I apologise,” Guardiola said.

But when explaining the Aguero incident, he incredibly claimed the knee-high challenge was unintentional.

“He (Luiz) went down and he touched him. It wasn’t intentional.

“Maybe I have to understand many things here, but referee says red card so red card.”

For Fernandinho, Guardiola claimed he was trying to protect a teammate – citing Nolito’s sending off against Bournemouth, when the Spaniard was surrounded by opposition players.

“Fernandinho went to defend because what happened with Nolito. It was a red card and three games so Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate,” reiterated Guardiola.

The City boss also congratulated Antonio Conte’s side for winning the match.

“Congratulations to Chelsea. To give my opinion when you lose it looks like an excuse. I am so proud of my team and how we played. I came here to try to play the way we played today,” he said.

City took the lead late in the first half via an own goal from Cahill, but second-half goals from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a smash-and-grab victory and the hosts lost their composure in stoppage time.

Aguero faces a four-match suspension – ruling him out until the New Year’s Eve clash with Liverpool – while Fernandinho will be banned for at least three games following the incident with Fabregas.

Manchester City have a home game against Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, followed by a Premier League trip to Leicester City on December 10.

Chelsea’s next game is a home match against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on 11 December.

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