Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss questions penalty call against Tottenham

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Guardiola 'upset' but 'proud' of his players

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he does not understand why his side were denied a late penalty in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Spurs defender Kyle Walker admitted after the game that he pushed Raheem Sterling in the box with the score at 2-1, but referee Andre Marriner let play continue.

Guardiola said: "We missed a lot of chances and when that happens the influence of the referee is higher.

"But the rules here are the rules."

The Spaniard added: "Maybe one day Mike Riley might explain them to me. When a player is pushed, I would like to understand."

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Should Sterling have been awarded a penalty?

Walker told BT Sport: "I wasn't going to get the ball. You have to put him off as much as possible."

Tottenham's equaliser came seconds later, with Son Heung-Min sweeping a low finish past Claudio Bravo.

The draw means City stay fifth - nine points behind leaders Chelsea, who play Hull on Sunday, and three points behind second-placed Spurs.

Asked if he thought Sterling had tried to stay on his feet because he has been accused of diving in previous matches, Guardiola added: "I don't know his past.

"I know you like honest people - Walker was, and I think Raheem was."

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Sterling push wasn't a penalty - Pochettino

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino felt Marriner was correct to ignore the incident, however.

"It is the same if we complain that the first City goal was a handball by Leroy Sane," Pochettino said. "I thought it was a handball, but it is difficult for the referee.

"This is England, it is different - we review all the action. That touch in behind [by Walker] happened a lot in the game and the referee never said nothing about it.

"In the game there are lots of pushes in England that are not a foul and it must be the same inside and outside the box. For me, it wasn't a penalty."

Analysis

Match of the Day pundit Ruud Gullit:

In Italy, I learned you have to go down if you feel it. In England they say it's cheating, but this is the reason players are diving, because when you're honest you don't get what you deserve.

People all the time moaning about football players diving, this is the reason. It is not the footballers' fault, it is the linesmen and referees' fault. If they give these, players would stay on their feet.

Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

Without a doubt it was a penalty and it should've been a red card too. Kyle Walker made no attempt to win the ball and the referee should've called it back for a penalty.

I don't want to encourage cheating or diving, but I do want to see referees keeping up with the game and getting decisions correct.

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