Pep Guardiola has been formally warned but not charged by the FA for his pre-derby comments about referee Anthony Taylor, who lives just around the corner from Old Trafford.

Taylor claims to be an Altrincham fan but it is crazy he is still allowed to referee Man U games, such as Newcastle’s visit last month when he failed to give one of the most blatant penalties you could ever see.

It is quite shocking though when you see the double standards at play, considering the FA fined Rafa Benitez £60,000 last month in very similar circumstances.

As usual, the more powerful clubs appearing to get preferential treatment.

Before playing Man Utd, Pep Guardiola said about Anthony Taylor’s appointment:

“He is going to try to do the best job like we try as managers and football players. Mr Taylor is going to try and make a good time.

“The important thing is to focus on our game and of course knowing which opponent we are going to face and that is all.

“Hopefully they can make good decisions for both sides, and a good game, like all England and all Europe is going to watch us. That is the most important pleasure.

“The referee doesn’t want to make a mistake. He knows everyone from around the world is going to watch him and he doesn’t want to make a mistake, that is pretty sure.

“But, if he is fan of United or City, everyone can be a fan of whoever he wants, so no problem.”

The Mag – 5 October 2018:

Rafa Benitez has been fined by The FA.

The Newcastle manager had been given until last Friday (28 September) to respond to a charge from the authorities.

The United boss deemed to have stepped out of line with comments he made about Andre Marriner.

Those comments having been prompted by comments made by Wilfried Zaha before Newcastle played Palace (see below).

Today (Friday 5 October) has seen confirmation that Rafa Benitez has been punished, fined £60,000 after accepting the FA charge.

FA Spokesperson:

“Rafael Benítez has been fined £60,000 after accepting an FA charge for commenting on the match referee prior to Newcastle United’s game against Crystal Palace.

“His comments made during the pre-match press conference on Friday 21 September 2018 constituted improper conduct and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The Mag – 25 September 2018:

Rafa Benitez has been charged by The FA.

The Newcastle United manager charged regarding comments he made last Friday (21 September).

The Spaniard was responding to Wilfried Zaha blatantly trying to influence match officials, having claimed he would have to break a leg before he got  proper protection.

This is despite more yellow cards being handed out for challenges on him in recent seasons, than any other Premier League player.

Ahead of the Palace match, Rafa Benitez spoke for us all. saying that surely The FA had to take action after Zaha’s comments.

The Newcastle manager declaring:

“He (Zaha) is a good player, no doubt about that, but I think the FA has to deal with his comments.

“I’m sure that Marriner will not have this in the back of his head.

“He has a lot of experience, even if his record is not the best in terms of red cards (against Newcastle), but I’m confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience and he will deal with the situation in a normal way.”

Incredibly though, Tuesday afternoon has seen The FA charge Benitez instead!

The FA:

“Rafael Benítez has been charged following pre-match comments he made on Friday [21/09/18] about the appointed match referee for Newcastle United’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday [22/09/18].

“He has until 6pm on 28 September 2018 to respond to the charge.”

  • Da Ca

    No shock there then

  • Paul Patterson

    Rafa actually praised the ref and got done. I’d claim victimisation under the circumstances..

    • Leazes.

      It wasn’t what he said, you aren’t allowed any comment whatsoever, good or bad about a referee prior to a game…… so any journalist who asks the question will be putting a manager at risk….

      ….’What do you think of Taylor being put in charge?’……


      ….£60,000 fine

      This Manure supporter could make the FA thousands

  • Rich Lawson

    Waiting for approval again !! Had the cheek to compare the FA to the white bearded,cobwebbed blokes at the bank in Mary Poppins.

    • Wor Lass

      It was the same on the Chronic, Rich. They don`t have a person actually read the post to check it – it just gets deleted after a set period of time. Disqus has a dictionary of unacceptable words and zaps anything with that word in, regardless of context. For example, you wouldn`t be able to write “t*t for tat”. In fact, the Chronicle filter was so bad you couldn`t even write “title” (not that that was a problem for us unless we were writing about another team!). You have to figure out what the offending word is and either stick an asterix in, as Leazes says, or run words together.

      • KennySamsung

        Bit like “bottom” 😉

        • Wor Lass

          That would have cramped our style more than “title”. The Chronic version of disqus got really bizarre. At one point it wouldn`t allow me to use “amateur” and I just couldn`t understand why – unless it thought “mate” was a bit risque!

      • Rich Lawson

        I’ll assume it’s because I used Mr Van Dyke’s 1st name !1

  • Rich Lawson

    Has anyone on here ever had a post that was waiting for approval by The Mag passed or ever received notice of why their post wasn’t passed ?

    • Peaky


    • Leazes.

      Yes its blocked by disqus because you have used an inappropriate word…. go through it and put an asterix in place of the vowels of the word which may be offensive

      The problem is they never get around to actually approving it….. its automated.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’ll assume that in the Mary Poppins vein it’s because I have used Mr Van Dyke’s 1st name then !!?

    • KennySamsung

      I’ve had a message back explaining why, the only problem was it had a bad word in it so I had to delete it immediately.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Waiting for approval” Just write Censored against it instead.

  • Peaky

    Just watch Guardiola be off like a shot if Man City aren’t allowed to spend due to their “financial irregularities”……only ever managed rich clubs who buy exactly who they want….with PSG in the same boat I bet he’ll not be away to France in a hurry anytime soon….

  • Peaky

    Uh oh….along with Doubtfire Martin O’Neil is now on the market with his idiot psycho sidekick…

  • FA has been biased towards Top 6 clubs for ages, especially Man U and Ferguson back in the day. Nothing new here.

  • Wor Lass

    This actually does seem like a case of biased treatment. The charge, if I remember rightly, relates to identifying the ref by name before the match rather than saying things about him, Guardiola has clearly done that. We need a nerd like Clarko to look it all up and enlighten us.

  • KennySamsung

    The FA know FA about consistency, actually they know nowt about football, just got to look at their choice of England football managers.

  • JohnnyH

    Rafa should go to civil law, The precedent clearly exists.
    Bunch of corrupt old [email protected]