Champions League: Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool charged by Uefa
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct and being sent off during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Liverpool.
European governing body Uefa has also charged Liverpool after fireworks were set off and objects thrown inside Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola was sent to the stands after confronting referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz on the pitch at half-time during the quarter-final second-leg 2-1 defeat.
The case will be heard on 31 May.
The improper conduct charge against Guardiola is for communicating with the bench during the second half.
Article 69 of Uefa’s disciplinary regulations states that any manager or coach who is sent off may not communicate “directly or indirectly with the team’s players and/or technical staff during the match”.
Chasing an improbable comeback following a 3-0 reverse at Anfield last week, Guardiola named an attacking line-up and the hosts led on the night through Gabriel Jesus inside two minutes.
Wave upon wave of further attacks during the first half proved fruitless, however, and the City boss confronted his countryman Lahoz on the field at the break over Leroy Sane having a goal ruled out for offside. Replays showed Liverpool midfielder James Milner played the ball in the Germany winger’s direction.
Guardiola’s UEFA rap sheet includes two breaches of the organisation’s disciplinary regulations – “dismissal from the bench” and “improper conduct of the coach”.
“I said it [Sane’s effort] was a goal. I didn’t insult him, I was polite, I was correct. But Mateu Lahoz is a special guy, he likes to be different, he likes to be special,” he said.
“I know what happened in Monaco last season, at 1-1, with an incredible penalty [not given to] Sergio Aguero.
“He’s special. When everybody sees things, he likes to decide the opposite. I didn’t say any wrong word.”