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Pep Guardiola escapes FA punishment over his touchline dramatics and sarcastic behaviour at Liverpool

The FA will take no action over Pep Guardiola’s ‘sarcastic’ comments towards referee Michael Oliver and his assistants following Manchester City’s defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.

Guardiola was furious with the match officials for not awarding City two penalties for handball as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to their title rivals.

Afterwards, he shook hands with them and said ‘thank you so much’ but later denied that he was being sarcastic.

The incident evoked memories of Jose Mourinho’s comments about the match officials in 2014 after his Chelsea team were beaten at Aston Villa when he said they were ‘unbelievable’ and ‘fantastic’.

Mourinho was subsequently fined £10,000 after a disciplinary commission deemed that his sarcastic remarks constituted improper conduct.

However, after studying Guardiola’s comments at Anfield on Sunday the FA have decided that there is no case to answer.The City boss defended himself, saying: ‘It was not sarcastic, it was “thank you so much”. I say it all the time to my colleagues.’

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