Pep Guardiola was let off with a slapped wrist this week by The FA.

The Manchester City boss made comments about referee Anthony Taylor (who lives only a few miles from Old Trafford) before the Manchester Derby

Despite investigating the matter, The Football Association on Wednesday deemed it appropriate to only give Pep Guardiola a warning as to his future conduct, in relation to the offence/matter.

This brought predictable claims of double standards (read below) from both Newcastle fans and neutrals alike, as only in October, Rafa Benitez was fined £60,000 for a similar offence, having made comments before the game at Crystal Palace about the referee, in a reaction to what Wilfried Zaha had said.

Now though, The Telegraph have revealed that their information is that Rafa Benitez is not going to let the matter lie and that the Newcastle Manager intends to contact The FA to question why the outcome of the Pep Guardiola case was so different to his.

The Mag – 21 November 2018:

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.”



  • Paul Patterson

    Always has been one rule for the top clubs . .

  • Billmag

    Rafa you will sharp find out we up here are in the outback as far as the FA are concerned, just have look at the decision’s we don’t get, I hope you get a reply off them.

  • john treacy

    rafa has been charged a number of times going back to his liverpool days.This was peps first charge.Did pep get lucky yes,but the reporter should never had asked the question.He knew pep was not allowed to comment.

    • David Bruce

      why should the reporter not asked the question? is he only allowed to ask question that pep agrees with.

      • john treacy

        No it is in the rules the manager cannot discuss the officials.SO why ask a question the manager,is not allowed to reply to.

        • Cockneytrev

          Did a reporter not do the same thing in asking Rafa about the official before the Palace match,,?
          No matter how anybody try’s to dress this up, it’s double standards,,

          • Leazes.

            No Rafa offered the comment…. that is the difference…. I know its miniscule and the outcome is a £60k fine.

          • Cockneytrev

            I thought the reporter brought up Zaha ‘s comments and Rafa replied to them? My mistake.