boss has apologised after chants by his club’s fans referencing the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies during last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool expressed their disappointment over chants from City’s fans, with the Anfield Road stand concourse damaged with similarly-themed graffiti.
Guardiola said: ‘I didn’t hear the chant. If it has happened I am so sorry. It does not represent who we are as a team or a club.’
Asked if the rivalry between the clubs has become toxic, amid reports City’s team bus had been attacked by rival supporters, Guardiola added: ‘I don’t think so. I don’t think so. From our side I am pretty sure of that.’
The fallout from last Sunday’s epic encounter continues with Jurgen Klopp accepting a Football Association charge after he was sent off for remonstrating with the assistant referee during the closing stages of his side’s 1-0 win.
Klopp, meanwhile, has lodged a legal complaint after City accused the Liverpool manager of xenophobia and stirring up emotions with his comments over the Premier League champions’ spending power in the build-up to the game.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has jumped to Klopp’s defence, however, and struggled to comprehend anyone who could offer a coherent counter argument to the suggestion that City have a clear financial advantage over all but two of their domestic and European rivals.
He wrote: ‘To equate what City and Paris Saint-Germain have done – and what Newcastle United intend to do – with what is possible for other clubs is an insult to everyone’s intelligence, no matter how much ‘net spend’ or salary figures are twisted.
‘Three clubs stand apart because they are backed by sovereign wealth which means there is no prospect of their cash reserves running out.
‘City will always be in running when the next Haaland is on the market. If for some reason their signing of the Norwegian did not work, they would use their resources to sign another striker next summer, continuing to invest to protect their status.
‘Long-term, the stakes are not as high for them when compared to the majority who know if they get it wrong it may take years to rebuild.
‘That is why clubs embarking on a slow and steady build – like Liverpool and Arsenal – are hailed as a more realistic and sustainable template for everyone else. Liverpool cannot afford to buy another £85 million striker next summer if the Darwin Nunez deal fails.’
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