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  • 'Before a manager I'm a human being' - G...

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with political prisoners in Catalonia after doing so defiantly in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Guardiola was charged by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday ...

    'Before a manager I'm a human being' - Guardiola explains continued ribbon protest

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will continue to wear a yellow ribbon in solidarity with political prisoners in Catalonia after doing so defiantly in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. Guardiola was charged by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday for wearing the ribbon after Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart were placed in custody as part of the crackdown that followed last October's referendum on Catalan independence – a poll the national government in Madrid deemed to be illegal. The FA deemed it a political message but former Barcelona boss Guardiola was in a defiant mood following City's 3-0 victory over Arsenal – his first piece of silverware since moving to England. "I accept if I broke the rules. I accept the fine," Guardiola, who has until March 5 to appeal the charge, told reporters. "I am a human being and there are four guys in prison plus another guy who is outside Catalonia - if he comes back, he will go to jail. "They're being accused of rebelling - to be that you have to have weapons and they don't have weapons, they have just the votes in the ballots. "That's why I said he's always with me until the last. "It's not about politicians, it's about democracy. Before I'm a manager I'm a human being. "I think England knows very well what it means. You did Brexit, you let the people have an opinion. "You allowed Scotland to have a referendum if they're going to stay or not and after the people vote - that's what they're asking [in Catalonia] and they are in jail right now."

  • Wenger trolled by Wembley official in Ma...

    Arsene Wenger has revealed how Carabao Cup final fourth official Graham Scott cheekily offered to put Arsenal out of their misery as the Gunners were smashed 3-0 by Manchester City at Wembley. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva had a first trophy under Pep...

    Wenger trolled by Wembley official in Man City humbling

    Arsene Wenger has revealed how Carabao Cup final fourth official Graham Scott cheekily offered to put Arsenal out of their misery as the Gunners were smashed 3-0 by Manchester City at Wembley. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva had a first trophy under Pep Guardiola wrapped up for City by the 65th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had wasted an early chance for Arsenal, but they were thoroughly outplayed as Wenger lost in the final of the competition for the third time. A disconsolate Wenger recounted how Scott had questioned why the Frenchman wanted to prolong the pain as he made a complaint about the award of three minutes stoppage time. "It's difficult to come back," he told a news conference. "The referee doesn't give the injury time. "When I said, 'Why don't you give more time?' he asked me, 'Why do you want more time?' "I told him, 'It's not down to you to judge, how long is the time, if you want or not. Give the normal added time.'"  

  • Man City just getting started, warns De ...

    Kevin De Bruyne said Manchester City will not rest after winning the Carabao Cup final, as Pep Guardiola's side look to win more silverware this season. City put Arsenal to the sword 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday, securing a first trophy under Guardiola's reign in dominant fashion. ...

    Man City just getting started, warns De Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne said Manchester City will not rest after winning the Carabao Cup final, as Pep Guardiola's side look to win more silverware this season. City put Arsenal to the sword 3-0 at Wembley on Sunday, securing a first trophy under Guardiola's reign in dominant fashion. De Bruyne has been the star of City's march towards the Premier League title, but it was old favourites Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva who got the goals at Wembley. Though hopes of a quadruple were ended by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, the Belgian remains hungry for what is to come this term. "We deserved to win," he told Sky Sports. "I think we have had a good feeling all season but it's not finished yet, we know what we have to do in the league and Champions League. "We have to maintain the same focus.  "I think the potential at this club is huge, with the squad we already have, it's an amazing job and we play like the best in the world, it's very exciting to play here." Right-back Kyle Walker made a brilliant last-ditch challenge to prevent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring in the opening 10 minutes and putting a wholly different complexion on the game. The England international's reported £50 million move from Tottenham raised eyebrows, but a first major trophy is vindication for Walker. "It's been a long time coming, glad to get my first one," he said.  "It's very special. I was nervous, not won on [the] last two occasions [at Wembley with Tottenham]. Everyone wanted to win, we obviously needed to kill the game, Sergio took his goal great."

  • Wenger refuses to criticise Mustafi afte...

    Arsene Wenger refused to criticise Shkodran Mustafi's role in Manchester City's opening goal after Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 in Sunday's Carabao Cup final at Wembley. City ultimately cruised to victory at the national stadium, with Vincent Kompany and David Silva scoring after t...

    Wenger refuses to criticise Mustafi after Aguero goal blunder

    Arsene Wenger refused to criticise Shkodran Mustafi's role in Manchester City's opening goal after Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 in Sunday's Carabao Cup final at Wembley. City ultimately cruised to victory at the national stadium, with Vincent Kompany and David Silva scoring after the interval, but the first half was a different story. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasted a good chance to open the scoring, and Aguero edged City ahead when he latched onto a long Claudio Bravo punt and lobbed David Ospina. Mustafi caught flak for his role in the goal, the German defender appealing for a foul to referee Craig Pawson rather than chase the striker, and former England defender Gary Neville lambasted "spineless" play from the Arsenal man. "He thought [so] yes," Wenger said if Mustafi had reported a push. "I don't know, I haven't seen it again. From the outside, the push was not obvious. I don't know, was he pushed or not but he thought [so]. He expected the free-kick, yes. "It's difficult for me to go into individual criticism after the game like that. "You want to go home and analyse the game and individual criticism doesn't matter too much, we have to focus on our next game." That next game sees Arsenal welcome City to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, but Wenger does not expect familiarity to give him any favours. "It doesn't help because they will be on a high and we have to recover from disappointment," he said. "So, they have the advantage."​

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