European football’s governing body Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola following their Champions League quarter-final second-leg meeting with Liverpool.
The charges against the 47-year-old Spanish tactician are listed as “dismissal from the bench” and “improper conduct”.
Guardiola was seen confronting match official Antonio Mateu Lahoz on the pitch at half-time, with Leroy Sane’s disallowed goal still on his mind after replays showed Liverpool midfielder James Milner got the last touch before the ball reached the German forward, meaning he was not offside.
The second offence came while sitting in the stands as television images showed Guardiola seemingly communicating with City’s bench. This violates article 69 of Uefa’s disciplinary regulations, stating 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”.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were also charged for setting off “setting off fireworks” and the “throwing of objects” during the game. NaijaBet
City were looking to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit against the Reds when they hosted the five-time European champions at the Etihad Stadium but were unable to do so as Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 2-1 winners.
City next play Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday evening.