Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola condemns Man City fans for disrupting minute's silence for Hillsborough

Toby Cudworth
Guardiola's City lost out to Liverpool at Wembley
Guardiola's City lost out to Liverpool at Wembley / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Pep Guardiola has said the fans who disrupted the minute's silence held at Wembley in memory of the 97 supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster do not represent Manchester City.

Referee Michael Oliver had to cut short the intended period of remembrance when chanting broke out in the City end - which led to boos from Liverpool's supporters at their actions.

A Manchester City statement was released prior to the conclusion of the FA Cup semi-final - which Liverpool won 3-2 thanks to two goals from Sadio Mane - apologising to Liverpool for the actions of their supporters.

“Manchester City are extremely disappointed with the actions of some City supporters during the minute’s silence before today’s game. The club sincerely apologises to all those connected with Liverpool Football Club."

Asked after the game about the actions of City's fans, Guardiola unequivocally condemned the behaviour, stating the supporters responsible do not represent the club.

"Absolutely. The club made a statement, the (fans) don't represent who we want to be," Guardiola said. "We are close to Liverpool who went through this tragedy and I think the statement from the club represents who we are."

The game itself was another high-intensity encounter, which eventually swung the way of Liverpool despite a second half City fightback. Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring for Liverpool from a corner before Mane doubled the lead after a horrendous error from cup goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

Mane made it three before half-time to put the game beyond City, though they did narrow the deficit in the second half thanks to goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva.

Guardiola refused to criticise Steffen for his mistake after the game, and instead stated that the United States international must treat the experience as a learning curve.

"It was an accident. One of the strong points is try to play [out] and as a keeper he has this quality. It was an accident and he will learn for the future.. When the ball is there it can always happen," Guardiola remarked.

"I have spoken with the team not him personally but he is strong."