Yaya says Ster­ling did not de­serve match ban

Manchester Evening News - - CITY -

YAYA Toure has sug­gested City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola may not ap­prove of Ra­heem Ster­ling’s eng­land ban.

eng­land boss Gareth South­gate acted de­ci­sively af­ter the Blues winger be­came in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with Liver­pool’s Joe Gomez at St Ge­orge’s Park, stand­ing the for­ward down from last night’s euro 2020 qual­i­fier against Mon­tene­gro.

There has been plenty of de­bate about the in­ci­dent – which had its ori­gins 24 hours ear­lier when the play­ers clashed dur­ing a top-ofthe-ta­ble Premier League clash at An­field – with some sup­port­ing South­gate’s ac­tion and oth­ers deem­ing it harsh.

Toure sides with his for­mer City team-mate, be­liev­ing the is­sue has been overblown.

“Pep Guardi­ola could be a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed with him (South­gate),” Toure said.

“Ra­heem is still young and learn­ing. If my player acted like that, be­ing an­gry and show­ing him­self like this, I would be very happy.

“This means he wants to win and achieve – that is im­por­tant.

“A player with­out this char­ac­ter, for me, is non­sense.

“I think peo­ple are over­re­act­ing be­cause in train­ing this can hap­pen. In the game they were face to face and then straight to the in­ter­na­tional team.

“The man­ager does not have to be in­volved. It’s not good for the player’s men­tal­ity.

“Ra­heem is one of the best play­ers in eng­land at the mo­ment.”

City leg­end Yaya Toure

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