Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted he did not purposefully ignore Cesc Fabregas following Saturday’s heated clash with Chelsea.
Post-match footage showed Fabgreas attempt to greet his former manager as players and staff shook hands following the Blues’ 3-1 victory at the Etihad.
However, Guardiola appeared to dodge the midfielder’s offer of a handshake, sending viewers into a frenzy on social media.
That moment when Guardiola totally ignored Cesc Fabregas hand… pic.twitter.com/VoGZ5PIdb4
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Fans were quick to suggest the incident had something to do with Fabregas’ involvement in Fernandinho’s red card, the Brazilian having been dismissed after grabbing the Spaniard’s throat and sending him over the advertising boards.
However, Guardiola says he merely didn’t see Fabregas, who he coached at Barcelona between during the 2011-12 season.
‘I said hello to Cesc in the dressing room,’ he said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Celtic. ‘On the field I didn’t realise he was trying to greet me.’