FA asks Guardiola to explain Manchester derby referee comments

Pep Guardiola has been asked to explain his comments about referee Anthony Taylor before Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola was asked in the pre-match press conference, about Anthony Taylor officiating the Manchester derby.   -  AP

The Football Association has asked Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to explain his comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to provide his observations to the FA.

The Catalan was asked in his pre-match news conference on Friday whether he thought the fact that Taylor is from Greater Manchester was significant in terms of how he would handle the fixture.

After being told the official supports Altrincham, Guardiola said: "So no problem. He is going to try to do the best job like we try to as managers and football players.

"Even with VAR there will be mistakes but it'll reduce that issue. Taylor is going to try to make a good time.

"The important thing is focusing on our game and knowing which opponent we are going to face and that's all.

"Hopefully they can make good decisions for both sides and [it will] be a good game, like all of England and parts of Europe are going to watch us and that is an important pleasure.

"The referee doesn't want to make a mistake but knows that everybody around the world is going to watch him and he doesn't want to make mistakes. That is pretty sure.

"But if after he's a fan of United or City, everybody can be a fan wherever he wants, so no problem."

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