‘Does Pep want horrible league like the Spanish League’, Barton hits out at Guardiola

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Joey Barton has criticised Pep Guardiola over pleas that players needed to be more protected by the referees.

The Manchester City’s boss comments came aftermath the injury Leroy Sane suffered in the game against Cardiff City on Sunday as a result of bad tackling from Bennett, who only saw yellow card although he was later sent off after getting another booking.

Guardiola after the game was quoted by BBC sports to have said, “For football in general players are the artists. The only thing they can do is protect them.

“Referees have to protect – not just mine, all players.”

But Barton has disproved Guardiola’s pleas – saying fans like a contact sport.

According to the outspoken former Burnley midfielder, the physicality nature of the English League was one of the reasons why the league was amassing a large number of followership.

 Barton, as quoted by Marca, “What does he want, a sport without any contact like in Spain or Italy?”

“If you look at Serie A or the French League, they are horrible to watch, there are a lot of stoppages and our league is better because it flows.

“Pep needs to understand that this is English football. Football has moved on, we protect our players a lot more than we used to do,” he concluded.

Guardiola, whose side are topping the league – 12 points ahead of second place Manchester United will have to do without the services of Sane in their next game against West Brom on Wednesday night.

Sane was said to have suffered ankle ligament damage as a result of the tackle from Bennett and some dailies have reported that the German midfielder could be out for up to 3-4 months.

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