FA Cup: Guardiola refuses to blame City players after Wigan upset

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

A pitch invasion and disorder in the stands ensued at the final whistle, all of which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Athletic and the FA.

Now it has emerged that Aguero told club officials that he was spat at by the supporter and that obscenities were shouting in his face, which inspired him to react in such an angry manner.

Both Wigan, who won the game 1-0, and City have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players following Fabian Delph's dismissal in the first half at the DW Stadium. They have until 6pm on Friday to respond.

Television cameras in the tunnel capturing footage of Guardiola and Wigan manager Paul Cook in a major verbal confrontation and being kept apart by staff.

To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.

Manchester City's quest for an unprecedented quadruple having being in contention for the English Premier League (looks done and dusted), The Carabao Cup (final is on Sunday against Arsenal), The Emirates Cup and The UEFA Champions League were ended by a Wigan team that sits 45 places below them.

Asked if he agreed City were always destined to lose a key game at some point, defender Stones said: "No".

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"We did absolutely everything, we made a mistake and this kind of game is like a final".

Taylor initially had a yellow card in his hand, but eventually brandished the red one, sparking vociferous complaints from City players, who felt the decision was harsh. "We have to learn from that".

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has blasted the behaviour of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, after the Spaniard complained to the referee during the club's FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic.

City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City's 29. Sergio Aguero headed over early on and Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save from Christian Walton before miskicking from another good position.

City have been in contact with their lawyers as part of the process and the club could sue the fan they believe provoked Aguero.

"Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague", the Spaniard said.

"We're sad because the FA Cup is a nice competition but football counts what happens in 94 minutes".

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