Man City's Pep Guardiola 'regrets' Nathan Redmond exchange

Posted December 04, 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked by the Football Association (FA) to explain his part in a lively post-match confrontation with Southampton's Nathan Redmond, the English governing body said Friday.

Guardiola approached Redmond seconds after Raheem Sterling's injury-time strike had given City a 2-1 lead against Southampton at the Etihad.

He has until 6 p.m. GMT on Monday, Dec. 4, to respond.

Guardiola added: "I admire him as a player and say thank you for his comments but if the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want".

'Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me, ' the Saints man told his followers on Twitter.

He added: "I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game". That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. "But I think I was clear, we were clear, when Arsenal wanted him we said no, that's not going to happen, he's still young, we hope to make him happy and he can stay for longer. but it depends on the club and him. But they didn't want to play, they were time-wasting from the ninth minute".

While Southampton move up to 11th in table, Bournemouth climb up to 14th and five points clear of the relegation zone. I don't know why we make press conferences.

Guardiola was alleged by one media report to have called Redmond a "w****r", but the England worldwide has since said that was not the case.

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed". Although some have been praising the Spaniard for going over to Redmond and praising his qualities, others feel it is just a matter of time before the former Barcelona manager is punished for his actions.

'They didn't want to play, and that's very hard to face. They defended with 10 players in the box because they believed this was the best way.

Guardiola has previous in terms of animated on-field encounters, most famously with Joshua Kimmich after his Bayern Munich team drew 0-0 with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in 2016.