FA ask Guardiola to explain pre-match ref comments

Joe Williams

The Football Association has sought an explanation from Pep Guardiola over comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to Sunday’s Manchester derby.

Press Association Sport understands the FA has contacted the Manchester City manager to request his observations and he has until 6.30pm on Thursday to respond.

Guardiola did not necessarily say anything controversial about Taylor – whose appointment for the derby had caused some consternation among City fans – but the FA has previously warned managers about commenting on officials pre-match.

Taylor is from the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, which was an issue for some City fans due to the area’s proximity to Old Trafford.

However, he is a declared Altrincham fan and the Premier League had no issues appointing him for the clash between City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola spoke about Taylor when he was asked a direct question about the official during his pre-match press conference on Sunday.

“He is going to try to do the best job, like we try as managers and football players,” Guardiola said.

 

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