Ex-Fifa official: Pep Guardiola facing touchline ban as controversial Man City footage emerges
Pep Guardiola may be hit with a touchline ban for Man City by Uefa, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Guardiola confronted Daniele Orsato after Man City’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last week (14 September).
Orsato showed the 51-year-old a yellow card after the final whistle for his actions on the pitch.
Man City are next in Champions League action next month (5 October) when they host Copenhagen and Hackett has suggested Guardiola will have to watch from the stands.
He said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There’s a way to do it and this is not the way.
“He’s obviously frustrated. This is a European game and a Uefa take a very dim view of this, so he’s got a problem. He might just pick up a touchline ban for this.
Click below for exclusive transfer news
“You see almost a gesture of apology but he’s done it.
“A lot will depend on what he’s said. Getting in the face of a match official and getting in their zone, is going to result in a sanction.
“If he’s going to do it he should be a metre away and his body language has got to be a lot better. He shouldn’t do it, it’s as simple as that.
“He should expect a fine or a sanction.
“He can ask the match delegate or a referee observer, he can seek clarification post-match in a better way.
“The problem he faces is that after a European game he has to do a lot of interviews, not just for English television and therefore he’s fearful that by the time he wants to talk to the referee, the referee’s gone back to the hotel.
“That’s probably why he does that, it’s fresh in his mind.”
In other news, Man City are “not happy” as news emerges from Downing Street.