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Man City: Guardiola warned Haaland to avoid red card in Everton draw

Pep Guardiola at Man City
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The Norwegian striker spent a frustrating evening at Etihad.

Pep Guardiola urged Erling Haaland to keep his temper during Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

Haaland received a yellow card for his reckless challenge on Vitaliy Mykolenko. The foul could’ve convinced another referee to dismiss Haaland, but Andy Madley avoided using his red card.

Haaland went to score for City as they went ahead in the first period, but a stunning goal from Demarai Gray saw the Toffees escape Etihad with a vital point.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola addressed the striker’s frustration over a Ben Godfrey challenge.

 “It was a [deserved] yellow card for Haaland,” the Spaniard admitted. 

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“He was a bit angry for the first action on his ankle [by Godfrey]. I told him to be careful because we can’t play 10 against 11 and he reacted well.

“We are Manchester City. We have to do our best but I know what happened. Against Leeds, three or four fouls on Jack Grealish and nothing happened.

“I don’t want a relationship with the referees. I don’t want to be there in the meetings. I don’t care. They do their job, it is fine.”

City slipped seven points behind Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table when the Gunners defeated Brighton last night.

The Citizens will return to action when they travel to Goodison Park to meet the Toffees on Tuesday.