Pep escapes FA rap for confronting Redmond

Nathan Redmond displayed class and wisdom in the way he dealt with Pep Guardiola

Nathan Redmond displayed class and wisdom in the way he dealt with Pep Guardiola

Redmond issued a statement on Twitter in response to growing media speculation, confirming "nothing negative or offensive was said".

Nevertheless, Guardiola's unusual display has prompted the FA to ask him to explain his version of events by next week.

He said: 'I didn't see too many actions to delay the game.

'I said I apologise because I couldn't control it, ' he added. "I have to do that, hopefully I can improve", he added. What I said is what I said and what Nathan said in his statement. "I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is". "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

"If you ask me what happened and I explain what happened and the people don't believe me it is better we cancel our press conferences and just play games". I just wanted them to play'. "It's not a problem".

'I want to make it absolutely clear that the Man City Manager, Pep Guardiola did not say what The Sun is falsely claiming in this story.

"[I told him] how good a player he is", Guardiola said. "I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team". They believe that is the best way. It's the same as I do to beat them. Never, never in my career and in press conference, on the pitch and off the pitch was I disrespectful about what they do to beat me. It's really frustrating for us but I am happy for them. "My emotion was there because of how I celebrated, scored the goal after 96 minutes". This season, however, Citizens earned all three points thanks to a late victor from Raheem Sterling.

"It's not my business", said Guardiola. All the credit goes to him.

'They didn't want to play, and that's very hard to face.

"We tried to help him, the individual performances, it's no secret".

At this stage, there is no misconduct charge levelled against Guardiola, whose side host West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

"I'm anxious about the bookings but West Ham as well, we'll see the team", he said.

"Am I pleased? Yes, for sure, Nathan is a very important player for us, but after the other day I made six changes because I expected more players to be fresh", Pellegrino said.

Boufal's challenge was reckless but Smith seemed to exaggerate his fall and his booking means he will now be banned for one game.

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