What i told referee before he sent me off the pitch - Guardiola angrily explains



The hopes of Champions League Semi-final for Manchester City was quenched yesterday after Liverpool managed to get another comeback win from the Premier League leaders.

Jurgen Klopp and his boys proceeded to the semi-final of the Champions League on a 5-1 aggregate after wining 2 goals to 1 at City's Eithad Stadium with the help of Moh Salah and Roberto Firmino.

A confrontation saw Pep Guardiola sent off by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

He confronted the Spanish referee after a goal from City's Leroy Sane was ruled off-side.

Asked what he said to the official at half time, Guardiola was quoted by The Mirror saying, "I said it was a goal.

“Milner passed it to Leroy. I said it was a goal and that's why he sent me off.

"I didn't insult him, I just said it was a goal. I said the pass came from Milner, so it couldn't be offside.

“He’s a referee, he likes to feel different, he’s special. When everybody sees things, he's going to see the opposite.

“It was too much to send me off, because I didn’t say any wrong words.

“But I know the referee from Spain, so i could imagine that.

"We spoke about it beforehand - we know him.

“It's difficult when Salah's goal at Anfield is offside and it's different when Gabriel Jesus' goal at Anfield is offside.

"In this competition the teams are so equal,so the influence of refereeing decisions is so important.”

The Spanish manager will turn his focus on the Premier League title after they failed to carry it in the weekend after Manchester United managed an epic comeback, courtesy of a brace from Paul Pogba and a goal from Chris Smalling to help United win the match 3-2 at the Etihad.

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