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City boss explains absence

9th February 2019, 09:47 by Nick Harris

Pep Guardiola has defended his decision not to go to a UEFA meeting over VAR in the Champions League last week.

Guardiola was asked for his response to remarks from Aleksander Ceferin, president of European governing body UEFA, apparently criticising him for not attending a briefing on the introduction of VAR in the Champions League.

Ceferin felt coaches of all the clubs involved in the competition should have attended the talk on Monday but he said only the managers of Juventus, Lyon, Paris St Germain, Roma and Porto were present.

He accepted Liverpool, who had a game on Monday, could not attend but he said of others: "If they complain about referees they should at least come see what the experts say about VAR. They have no excuses any more - especially the ones who did not come."

Guardiola said the rescheduling of the game against Everton on Wednesday made it difficult for him personally.

He said: "I respect a lot what the president of UEFA said but I don't agree with him, I'm sorry. Brian Kidd (assistant coach) was there. He travelled, he was in the meeting and I have on my table the report.

"The problem was on Wednesday we had a game. The game is more important for me to be with my players. On Monday and Tuesday we had the training sessions.

"I would have travelled, I had the tickets, but the Premier League decided to play between Arsenal and Chelsea the game at Everton."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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