By Keith Hackett

4th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Hackett slams 'icon' Guardiola for damaging football as controversial Man City footage emerges

Keith Hackett has slammed Pep Guardiola’s touchline antics as he saw his Man City side draw 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted Guardiola is one of football’s “icons” and is damaging the reputation of the football.

The City manager was shown a yellow card for his furious reaction when James Milner avoided a red card.

Milner was already on a booking when he fouled Bernardo Silva and Guardiola was stunned as he avoided a second yellow.

“I can understand the frustrations of the managers,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“We had two managers shown yellow cards this weekend. They have a responsibility for the image of the game and for football as a whole because they are iconic people.

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“Guardiola is, without a doubt, an icon of a game, in terms of a manager. But they have to reduce their body language.

“What they have to understand is down the pyramid of football, managers at junior clubs and parents copy them because they think it’s acceptable. It impacts on grassroots football and makes life a little bit more difficult.

“In that sense, the yellow card was correctly applied on this occasion.

“They had a very experienced referee in Mike Dean in the technical area. His body language is neutral, he didn’t get into a conversation, he accepted that tirade of comments and physical action. He didn’t overreact.

“We know that if Mike Dean was out in the middle and that happened he would produce the instant yellow card and say ‘Off you go to the stands, mate’.”

In other news, this may be the Real Reason James Milner avoided a red card in Liverpool thriller v Man City.