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Pep On Controversial City Goal, Angry Opponent Reveals What He Told Ref

Pep Guardiola has commented on Manchester City's controversial goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday night, while opposition manager Dean Smith has revealed what he told the referee before he was sent off.

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City scored the first goal of their 2-0 win over Villa after Rodrigo came back from an offside position to steal the ball off defender Tyrone Mings ahead of Bernardo Silva's superb strike.

Match official John Moss and the VAR team seemingly judged that a new phase of play had started after Mings controlled the ball with his chest before being put under pressure by Rodrigo.

However, the goal caused a lot of commotion among the Villa players, with manager Smith eventually being sent off after an argument with the referee.

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"I didn't watch the image on TV. I know they complained on the touchline and VAR is there," Guardiola said, per the Birmingham Mail, when asked about the incident.

"There are many long balls, the player is offside and you go backwards, the central defender, you clear the ball and go for the second ball and then you use it to counter-attack.

"I don't know exactly what is the rule, but VAR is there. If it was offside as it showed then it would have been disallowed, but, honestly, I didn't watch it and I understand their reaction. In general, the way we played, we were outstanding and we deserved to win."

Smith also addressed the incident, saying he does not understand why the goal was allowed to stand.

"He's (Rodrigo) taken advantage of an offside possession," he explained.

"He's 10 yards offside, comes back and tackles Tyrone Mings from behind. What's Tyrone meant to do? Let it go through or stand 10 yards off all of the time in the next few games now?

"I don't understand. At least go over to the screen. It looked a clear offside. When I realised they weren't even looking at the screen and VAR didn't mention anything, I just told the fourth official that they had juggling balls for Christmas."

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The victory saw City climb to second place on the league table, two points behind crosstown rivals Manchester United, but with a game in hand.


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