Pep Guardiola Yellow Card: Man City boss becomes the first manager to receive a yellow card after his animated theatrics in the Community Shield against Liverpool.
Manchester City and Liverpool proved to be the two best teams in all of England last season, and by a good margin. City monopolized the domestic league and Cups. While Liverpool did not trail too far and came back with the Champions League trophy.
The Community Shield is the traditional curtain raiser of the English Season. It is normally played between the League winner and the FA Cup winner. With City winning both, Liverpool who came 2nd in the league found themselves as challengers to the English Champions.
The match is in essence a friendly, a fact reiterated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. However, once the whistle blew, the gloves came off. It was not just a friendly anymore. Manchester City took the trophy home after an exciting display between both sides. They also completed the Domestic Quadruple in the process, the first team to do so. It was not just the team though, but Guardiola who etched his name into history.
Pep Guardiola Yellow Card
David Silva was the victim of a poor tackle from Joe Gomes. The City Skipper squirmed in pain while an infuriated Guardiola vented at fourth official Stuart Atwell. Referee Martin Atkinson made his way to the touchline and brandished a yellow card at the City Boss.
Managers are normally given verbal warnings. However, following the updating of the Laws of the Game last month by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the situation has now changed for top-flight bosses.
A Premier League statement declared:
“Managers and coaches will have to be on their best behaviour and set a good example as they can now be shown yellow and red cards for misconduct.
“Any team official deemed guilty of an offence can be cautioned or sent off.
“And if the offender cannot be identified, the card will be shown to the senior coach in the technical area, usually the manager or head coach, as the person responsible for the other team officials.
“An experiment with this approach has been successful and revealed benefits at all levels, including for young referees dealing with difficult adult coaches.”
Knowing the nature of the league, it is certain that Guardiola will find company soon. However, the distinction of being the first will always stay with him.
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