Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cut off communication with the Premier League amid charges of financial breaches against the club.
The former Barcelona boss said league officials are unfair to his side ahead of their game against Newcastle United.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag had accused Newcastle of annoying time-wasting ahead of their Carabao Cup final clash last Sunday.
Guardiola recently saw his goalkeeper Ederson receive a yellow card for time-wasting during their victory over Arsenal. The 52-year-old coach believes these calls always go against his side.
“How many thousand million games do teams come here and waste time with the goalkeepers?” Guardiola said (via the Daily Mail).
“Twenty seconds every time at a goal kick. Absolutely nothing happens.
“And after we go there (to Arsenal), we want to be active to play and we get a yellow card. What they do they can do, whatever they want.
When reporters asked if the former Spain international was speaking to the league over these issues, he replied: “I don’t talk with the Premier League, we are accused by them. No referees, no Premier League, no care.
“Now we can’t talk about the Premier League or whatever – we are busy defending with our lawyers our defence.”
Before Ten Hag spoke about Newcastle’s unsportsmanlike behaviour, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp had also highlighted the matter.
Guardiola claimed that despite the four managers pointing it out, Man City would get penalised for his comments.
City take on Newcastle later today, hoping to keep the pressure on Arsenal. The table-toppers are five points clear at the top of the table.
It won’t be so straightforward with Eddie Howe’s side desperate to recover from their Carabao Cup loss to Man United.
What better way to recover than getting three points against the reigning Premier League champions?
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