sport news Pardew accuses Guardiola of winding up Etihad crowd

Alan Pardew accused Pep Guardiola of winding up the Etihad crowd to get on referee Bobby Madley’s back after the Manchester City boss claimed that his team were ‘lucky’ not to suffer more serious injuries on Wednesday.

Three days after calling for more protection for his players after Leroy Sane suffered ankle ligament damage at Cardiff, Guardiola vented at fourth official Kevin Friend over some of the tackling from West Brom.

Matt Phillips was booked for an awful challenge on Brahim Diaz and James McClean for trying to take down Kevin De Bruyne moments before he scored City’s second.

Alan Pardew wasn't happy with the behaviour of Pep Guardiola on Wednesday night

Alan Pardew wasn't happy with the behaviour of Pep Guardiola on Wednesday night

‘Today we were lucky, three or four days ago we were unlucky with Leroy,’ said Guardiola, who also lost David Silva to a hip injury.

‘The image (of Phillips’s challenge) speaks for itself. I could repeat what I said after the last game but it’s not necessary.

‘I’ve said what I said so we spoke with Kevin, the fourth official. They have an opinion, I have another one. They’re the bosses, I accept that. I have to accept it.’

Pardew accused Guardiola of trying to influence Premier League referee Bobby Madley

Pardew accused Guardiola of trying to influence Premier League referee Bobby Madley

However, Pardew thought Guardiola’s comments at the weekend primed the crowd to overreact, and also pointed to an alleged stamp by Fernandinho on Gregorz

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