Pep Guardiola called on Premier League managers to give referees a break after a touchline spat with Burnley’s Sean Dyche.
The pair clashed verbally after Sergio Aguero equalised from a quick free-kick in the FA Cup third-round clash at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City going on to win 4-1.
Dyche was unhappy referee Graham Scott allowed Ilkay Gundogan to take the set-piece, with Guardiola speaking up to defend the officials.
The City boss said: “I apologise, I didn’t want to go out of control. I said leave the referees please.
“I have a lot of respect for Sean Dyche and the way they play because, of course it’s completely different, but they do it perfectly and that’s why football is tough.
“But I think all the managers around the world, especially here, forget to make their job. If they were offended I’m so sorry, because I don’t want to do that.”
Dyche shrugged off the incident, saying: “You both fight, you both want your teams to win. That’s just how it should be. Everybody’s allowed to be passionate I believe.”