It has not been the best of weeks for Manchester City and their fans as the team’s course for Premier League glory hit a stumbling block and they were knocked out of Europe.
The North-West outfit had a mountain to climb in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Liverpool due to the Reds’ 3-0 advantage from last week.
City supporters were hopeful of a turnaround, and it seemed to be on the cards when Gabriel Jesus scored in the second minute, but the team were unable to build on the early blow.
In the end, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino stepped up with goals to send Liverpool into the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.
Shortly after the whistle blew to signal the end of the first half, Guardiola made his way onto the pitch to lambast the referee for disallowing Leroy Sane’s goal that should have stood.
The linesman raised his flag for offside after the City man hit the ball home from close range, but replays showed that the initial ball came off of James Milner.
Guardiola, who has guided City to a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, was visibly incensed, and as a result was sent to the stands for the second half.
On Wednesday, Reuters confirmed that the experienced manager has been charged for communicating with his technical staff after being sent away from the touchline.
City fans have been left frustrated by the news, and they were quick to draw on the unsavoury scenes outside of Anfield last week, which left the visitors’ team bus damaged.