Pep Guardiola again begging for more protection for players after Leroy Sane was sidelined for up to a month during FA cup match against Cardiff.
The Manchester City winger was brought down by Cardiff defender Joe Bennett as he sprinted the length of the field and was homing in on goal.
Bennett was handed a yellow card but most viewers believed Referee should have send him out – even though he WAS given his red late in the game after getting a second yellow card for a trip on Brahim Diaz.
Guardiola also angry as Sergio Aguero was roughly brought down by Bruno Manga for another yellow card offence – and he was raging at ref Mason at the end City’s 2-0 FA Cup win.
And it was not for the fact that he incorrectly disallowed a good Bernardo Silva goal for offside.
He explained his anger afterwards, saying: “The only thing they have to do is protect the players.
“I can accept the second goal, that we didn’t score, I don’t know why, but I will accept.
“It happened once, it happened with Brahim Diaz again at the end.
“So please. For football in general, the players they are the artists, you have to take care of them. That’s why you are here and why I’m here. For them, the players.”
Pep Guardiola confronts Lee Mason at the final whistle.
Sane will be out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury, Guardiola saying: “He will be out for a while, minimum two, three weeks, one month, we will see what exactly tomorrow. ”
Guardiola made a similar appeal after the New Year’s Eve draw at Crystal Palace, when both Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne were stretchered off.
He was not asking for protection for City players, but for ALL players.
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