Pep Guardiola plays down tunnel row, accepts Fabian Delph red card

Pep Guardiola plays down tunnel row, accepts Fabian Delph red card
From ESPN - February 19, 2018

WIGAN -- Pep Guardiola played down his row with Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook and congratulated the League One side after their shock FA Cup victory in the fifth round.

Will Grigg's 79th-minute strike stunned City for the third straight meeting in the FA Cup after the 2013 final and 2014 quarterfinals -- and ended City's hopes of a clean sweep of four trophies this season.

The game changed when Fabian Delph was controversially sent off after referee Anthony Taylor looked like he was going to give him a yellow card.

Guardiola said after the game that he agreed with the red card, even though at the time of the dismissal the decision sparked a heated exchange between the two benches which continued in the dressing room at half-time.

"It's a red card. It's an unnecessary action," Guardiola told a news conference. "The referee decides what he decides. It can be a red card."

Asked about the row with the Wigan coaches, he said: "You want to ask me about football, ask me about football. Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague. It was just, 'Stay in your position,' that's all."

With the dream of the quadruple gone, City will now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup, in which they will face Arsenal in the final on Sunday.

But despite a busy fixture slate ahead, Guardiola insisted that "we wanted to go through."


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