Pep Guardiola sent to stands for arguing with referee at half-time

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Pep Guardiola will watch the second half of Manchester City’s Champions League quarterfinal from the stands after arguing with the match official.

The City manager was sent off after coming on to the pitch at half-time and issuing a few choice words to Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

City scored an early goal to cut Liverpool’s aggregate lead to 3-1, only to have Mateu Lahoz wave away two penalty shouts, while another goal was ruled out for offside. 

Guardiola has a history with Mateu Lahoz, who last year worked City’s 5-3 first-leg win over Monaco in the Champions League last-16.

Pep Guardiola was sent off.

“I remember what happened last year,” Guardiola said before Mateu Lahoz’s appointment was confirmed. “We were 1-1 at home against Monaco when there was a clear penalty to [Sergio] Aguero and a red card that a Spanish referee did not whistle for.

“We went from a possible 2-1 to 1-2. These types of situations are really important.”

Mateu Lahoz also issued five yellow cards in the first half — two to City’s Ederson and Bernardo Silva and three to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.

Silva was booked for his reaction while appealing for a penalty when James Milner blocked his shot with his arm, and City players also wanted a spot kick when Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson.

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