Premier League News: Guardiola has apologized for Manchester City’s ‘disgusting’ chants but denies the rivalry with Liverpool has become ‘toxic’.

    Josep Guardiola has apologized after Manchester City fans chanted chants referring to the tragedy at the football stadium against Liverpool, but he doesn’t think the rivalry between the clubs has become “poisonous”.

    City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at Anfield on Sunday and Mohamed Salah’s second-half goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the Reds.

    However, the game was marred by several off-pitch incidents.

    Supposed home fans of Guardiola threw coins at him; police said they were investigating an apparent attack on a City command bus; and Liverpool criticized the behavior of some fans away from home.

    The Reds accused City fans of singing “vile chants related to football stadium tragedies” and painting the lobby with similar graffiti.

    Speaking ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion, Guardiola said the perpetrators did not represent City and insisted the club’s recent rivalry with Liverpool was not out of control.

    Asked if the matches between Liverpool and City were “toxic” on Friday, Guardiola replied: “I don’t think so. [not] from our side, I’m sure of it.

    “I didn’t hear the chants. If this happened, I’m very sorry. It doesn’t represent what we are as a team or as a club if that happened.

    “We can behave perfectly and [correct] our mistakes, no problem.”

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