English Premiership

Guardiola warned by FA over referee comments

2018-11-21 17:28
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

London - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was formally warned by the Football Association on Wednesday over comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before the Manchester derby.

Guardiola went against FA rules by discussing the suitability of the appointment of the official, who is from a Manchester suburb, for the clash.

Although Guardiola backed Taylor and dismissed accusations of potential bias, managers are not permitted to talk about referees ahead of matches.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was fined £50,000 in November 2016 for talking about Taylor ahead of a clash with Liverpool but he was already on notice, having previously been warned for a similar offence while Chelsea manager.

Because this was Guardiola's first such offence, and because the nature of his comments was regarded as largely neutral, it is understood a charge was not deemed necessary.

Guardiola said: "The referee doesn't want to make a mistake because he knows everybody around the world is going to watch him. If he is a fan of United or City -- everybody can be a fan of whoever he wants so no problem."

Taylor was widely praised for his performance in the match earlier this month, which Premier League leaders City won 3-1.

 

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Manchester City v Everton, Etihad Stadium 14:30
Wolverhampton Wanderers v AFC Bournemouth, Molineux Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Selhurst Park 17:00
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United, The John Smith's Stadium 17:00
Watford v Cardiff City, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley, Wembley Stadium 17:00
Fulham v West Ham United, Craven Cottage 19:30
Sunday, 16 December 2018
Southampton v Arsenal, St. Mary's Stadium 15:30
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 15:30
Liverpool v Manchester United, Anfield 18:00
Friday, 21 December 2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, Molineux Stadium 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.