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Pep Guardiola says referees need to clamp down on dangerous

 Post subject: Pep Guardiola says referees need to clamp down on dangerous
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:42 am 

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Pep Guardiola has called for referees to give players better protection from bad tackles.

The Manchester City manager felt Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were fortunate to escape injury after heavy challenges from Tottenham's Harry Kane and Dele Alli respectively last week.

But Guardiola insists he is not just talking about his players, pointing out that City defender Nicolas Otamendi kicked Kane in the face in the same game.
It is an issue Guardiola feels should be more of a priority than combating diving, even though he welcomes the Premier League's introduction of retrospective punishment to deal with that problem.

Guardiola said: "I don't believe the players go to injure another one - it is impossible to think that - but the football is quick, fast and aggressive, and the refs have to follow the rules.


Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne was lucky to avoid serious injury last week
"Everybody is squealing about diving here. If they want to punish those who are diving, it's OK, but the main thing the ref has to do is protect the players.

"I'm not saying protect Manchester City sbo ninja players, but protect all the players.

"We were lucky against Tottenham, and Otamendi put his leg high against Kane, so you have to protect Harry Kane.
"Always we are aggressive and sometimes we get injured. All the teams want to win and want to fight in the best way.

"I have no doubts that Dele Ali and Harry Kane are top team players. I am not suspicious or thinking they are dangerous

"But the most important thing is to protect the players.sbo ninja When it is a foul, it is a foul. Believe me, especially with Kevin, he could have been out for a long time."

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