Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola warned by Football Association after touchline meltdown against Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been warned by the Football Association about his behaviour during Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Liverpool.

An animated Guardiola threw his scarf to the ground and shouted at fourth official Martin Atkinson after a decision had gone against his team in the second half.

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Guardiola threw his scarf to the ground after what he felt was a foul against his side

It is the 47-year-old’s first warning and was posted on the FA website, which makes it clear that any manager receiving four such warnings must serve a touchline ban.

City moved to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool after the win at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite his irate performance on the touchline, Guardiola called the victory ‘one of the happiest days of his life’.

He said: “It is one of the happiest days in my life and for my players.

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Guardiola was given a stern warning by the referee at the time

“They [the players] are the artists, the people come to see them and we were together to achieve something unique.

“Most of the Premier League teams have fallen down [and failed to retain their Premier League title] and we are still there.

“That’s why I give a lot of credit to do what we have done.

“They showed how good they are playing against an incredible team.

“It was a final for us because lose and it was almost over. Now is tight again. Now rest and relax.”

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