The group were incensed in the final minutes of their match when the referee inexplicably blew his whistle after Erling Haaland had chipped the ball over the top for Jack Grealish chasing a late winner. Haaland led the outbursts against the decision and continued off the pitch, posting &aposWtf&apos on social media in response.
City have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players over the incident and face a big fine – the club have until December 7 to respond – although Haaland has not suffered any individual punishment. Guardiola refused to blame the referee after the game and insisted that his team had to look at themselves, with his comments backed up by several players in their post-match interviews.
That reaction has been enough for Guardiola to be satisfied with his players despite external criticism of Haaland&aposs behaviour in particular. While the manager does not know how the club will respond to the charge against them, he is confident of what he has seen.