Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FA Contact Pep over Ref Comments

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FA Contact Pep over Ref Comments

Article excerpt

PEP Guardiola has been asked to explain his pre-derby comments about referee Anthony Taylor.

The appointment of Taylor (pictured), who is from Wythenshawe, upset a number of City fans ahead of the game and the manager was asked about picking an official from the city in his pre-match press conference.

Guardiola has until 6pm on Thursday evening to provide further observations and could be fined - even though he was positive about the referee.

Under FA rules, Premier League coaches are not allowed to speak about officials in upcoming games. After asking if it was known which team Taylor supports, and being told Altrincham, Guardiola replied: "So no problem. He is going to try to do the best job, like we try as managers and football players. …

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