Pep Guardiola hits out at Premier League over ‘ridiculous’ rule

Pep Guardiola has criticised the Premier League for refusing to give all of his record-breaking Manchester City squad winners’ medals.

Youngsters Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz are in danger of missing out on a medal because they are one game short of the five appearances stipulated by the Premier League.

They left empty-handed when their team-mates received their medals during Sunday’s trophy presentation at the Etihad and Guardiola says the Premier League rules are “ridiculous”.

“I didn’t know that and it looks ridiculous to me,” said the City boss. “If they want my medal, I will give them my medal. They are champions in my eyes, they are champions.

“They have worked from day one to the last one, training with us, being in the locker room, working. They didn’t play because of my decisions.



“They are champions. It doesn’t matter they don’t have medals.

"Maybe it’s so expensive to give three, four or five medals for the young guys, but they are all the time training with us.”

Guardiola claims he may play them at some stage against Southampton tomorrow to enable them to qualify for a medal as City aim to become the first top-flight side to reach 100 points.

“Of course, maybe I will be concerned by that,” said the Catalan. “Maybe they will be in the line-up, maybe they will play.

“I don’t know because still I haven’t thought about the line-up for Southampton.

"But that is my opinion. I will see.”

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