Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1: Bastian Schweinsteiger red card was 'unfair', says Pep Guardiola
Midfielder was dismissed for a second bookable offence late in the match
Wednesday 02 April 2014
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has spoken of his unhappiness about the dismissal of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 1-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg draw at Manchester United, claiming the decision by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo was “unfair”.
Schweinsteiger was booked for a second time in the closing moments after a tussle with Wayne Rooney, and the player expressed frustration at the time by appearing to suggest he felt the Englishman dived.
Guardiola did not want to get drawn into a debate about the particular incident but did reveal he had spoken to Carballo about the matter.
The former Barcelona boss said: "I spoke with the referee and he gave me his opinion... I have to respect [it]."
When asked if he agreed with the decision, he said: "Absolutely not."
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Asked about Schweinsteiger's apparent 'diving' gesture, he said: "I didn't see, but I spoke to the referee.
"He is a very good referee. He made a very, very good game, but it is unfair.
"But it is okay. To win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything. In football this kind of thing happens."
Guardiola, speaking in his press conference, also got involved in a spiky exchange with a journalist who asked him whether he thought United might have been negative.
"I didn't say that," said Guardiola, who was unhappy his inquisitor did not look him in the eye.
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On the whole Guardiola was pleased with the performance, believing his side are well placed in the tie.
He said: "The result is 1-1 so we scored away, so this is good.
"I am happy for our performance, 70 per cent possession, 15 attempts.
"It is not easy to create the chances but we created quite enough.
"We were reacting good after going 1-0 down. It is not an exceptional result but it is good enough considering how good Manchester United are."
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