Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has insisted he will not apologise for his remarks about their fans following the win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Guardiola was told by a leading supporters club to “stick to coaching,” but warned he would “step aside” if there ever was an issue with fans.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had said he would like more fans to come to the Etihad Stadium for Southampton’s visit on Saturday, after the club failed to sell out the Leipzig game.
This led to the general secretary of City’s official supporters’ club, Kevin Parker, hitting back at Guardiola.
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But when asked about the incident at a news conference on Friday, Guardiola said he will not apologise.
He said: “Did I say after the game that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full?.
“An interpretation is an interpretation. I am not going to apologise for what I said. It’s not the first time I said it in my career — I said it at Barcelona and Bayern [Munich].
“When we played a tough game like Leipzig and play three days later [against Southampton] I know how difficult it is, to ask for us all to do it again on Saturday again. What I said was we need the support, it doesn’t matter how many people come but I invite them to come and enjoy the game because we need the support.”