Guardiola hit with UEFA ban for improper conduct

Pep Guardiola has been handed a two-match ban for improper conduct over his behaviour during Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

The City boss was dismissed at half-time during the second leg of the quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium on April 10 for complaining about a decision.

He will miss City’s first match next season, with the second game suspended for a year.

City were 1-0 up, and 3-1 down on aggregate, when a Leroy Sane strike was ruled offside, leading the Spaniard to have words with the match officials.

Guardiola insisted that he “did not insult” referee Mateu Lahoz while protesting that the goal should not have been ruled out.

Liverpool went on to win the match 2-1 and complete a 5-1 aggregate win.

Meanwhile, the Anfield club were fined £25,450 for crowd problems during the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

UEFA fined Liverpool on three accounts, including the crowd disturbances and throwing of objects and fireworks ahead of first leg with City at Anfield in April, when Liverpool fans attacked the Man City bus on its way to the stadium.

They were also fined after fans set off fireworks and threw objects during the second leg with City and again during the semi-final second leg against Roma.