Pep Guardiola will not face an FA charge after approaching referee Michael Oliver after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat for Manchester City against Liverpool.
Guardiola confronted the referee at the final whistle following his side’s loss at Anfield, sarcastically saying “thank you very much” to Oliver and his officials, after key decisions went against City during the game.
Moments prior to Fabinho’s opener in the sixth minute, the ball appeared to strike Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the Liverpool penalty area, after Bernardo Silva’s aerial pass deflected onto the right-back.
VAR checked the incident, but Liverpool’s first goal in the 3-1 win stood.
During the second half, a Raheem Sterling right-footed effort appeared to hit Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the box again, but the referee waved away claims for a penalty, leaving Guardiola furious on the touchline.
Speaking after the loss for City, Guardiola insisted he was prouder than ever of his side and said “ask Mike Riley and the guys in VAR” about the controversial decisions.