'We behaved incredibly': Pep Guardiola responds to FA charge for Man City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended his players after their FA charge for the Premier League game against Spurs

Erling Haaland cannot believe Simon Hooper's decision
Erling Haaland cannot believe Simon Hooper's decision

Pep Guardiola dismissed concerns over the reaction of his players at the end of Manchester City's draw with Tottenham.

The group were incensed in the final minutes of their match when the referee inexplicably blew his whistle after Erling Haaland had chipped the ball over the top for Jack Grealish chasing a late winner. Haaland led the outbursts against the decision and continued off the pitch, posting 'Wtf' on social media in response.

City have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players over the incident and face a big fine - the club have until December 7 to respond - although Haaland has not suffered any individual punishment. Guardiola refused to blame the referee after the game and insisted that his team had to look at themselves, with his comments backed up by several players in their post-match interviews.

That reaction has been enough for Guardiola to be satisfied with his players despite external criticism of Haaland's behaviour in particular. While the manager does not know how the club will respond to the charge against them, he is confident of what he has seen.

"We behaved incredibly this season. How we behaved in our not good results or decisions, even after the game the comments from my players accepting we can do better, is what I want to see from my team and my club," he said.

"After that, we'll accept all the decisions from the Premier League or whatever."

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