UEFA suspended Guardiola for Champions League kick-off
Pep Guardiola has been banned from at least one Champions League game: The Catalan coach of English champions Manchester City was banned from the sidelines by UEFA on Monday for irregular conduct for the next European Cup match. The suspension for another game was suspended for one season.
The reason for the sanction is the outburst of the former Bayern coach in the Champions League quarter-finals of City against FC Liverpool. In the second half of the return match, the 47-year-old had verbally attacked the referee and was banished to the stands. City retired surprisingly against Jürgen Klopp’s team and again missed the targeted triumph in the top class.
In another trial, UEFA judges sentenced the Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg to play the next home game of the European League qualifiers in July without spectators. The continental federation punished Zenit for his fans’ racist insults against midfielder Naby Keita of RB Leipzig in the second leg of the last 16 in the Europa League. Zenit will also have to pay a fine of 50,000 euros for the incident.