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Pep Guardiola label’s referee Antonio ‘special guy’ after red card in Manchester City vs Liverpool match

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Pep Guardiola labelled referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz a “special guy” as the Manchester City boss insisted his team were on the wrong end of numerous decisions in their Champions League defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Guardiola had criticised Lahoz in the build-up to City’s quarter-final second-leg game at the Etihad Stadium, with the City coach unhappy with the Spaniard’s decision not to award Sergio Aguero a penalty in the club’s Champions League tie against Monaco last season.

Speaking to reporters this week, Guardiola said: “I remember what happened last year.

“It was 1-1 at home to Monaco when there was a clear penalty on Aguero and what should have been a red card, but the Spanish referee [Lahoz] didn’t call it.

“We went from a possible 2-1 lead to 2-1 deficit. These types of situations are very important.”

City were beating Liverpool 1-0 on Tuesday night before Lahoz decided to disallow Leroy Sane’s goal, and then sent Guardiola to the stands for his angry protestations over the decision at half-time.

Pep Guardiola later insisted he had not insulted Lahoz during the half-time break, but went on to sarcastically label the Spanish official a “special guy” for his decisions against City at the Etihad Stadium.

“In the right moment we miss the right decisions,” he told BT Sport.

“The referee is a special guy, he likes to be different.

“Whenever people see the things, he will decide the opposite.”

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