Pep Guardiola responds to claim he snubbed Cesc Fabregas after Manchester City vs Chelsea

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The clash between Manchester City and Chelsea on Saturday had so many talking points.

The lunchtime kick-off was a pulsating affair for 90 minutes, with Chelsea eventually running out 3-1 winners.

While the action on the pitch was incredibly exciting, the scenes towards the end turned rather unsavoury.

Sergio Aguero’s horror tackle on David Luiz saw the Argentine dismissed and sparked a mass shoving match between the two sets of players. City midfielder Fernandinho was also sent off after he grabbed Cesc Fabregas by the neck and pushed him over the advertising hoardings.

Footage later showed that Fernandinho was retaliating after Fabregas had given him a little slap around the face.

The incidents continued after the final whistle when City boss Pep Guardiola clearly snubbed Fabregas’ handshake on the pitch.

Many claimed that it was because of Fabregas’ involvements in Fernandinho’s sending off, while Marca suggested it was something more sinister stemming back to their time at Barcelona.

However, Guardiola has finally revealed the real reason he didn’t shake Fabregas’ hand - because he simply didn’t see it.

"I greeted Cesc Fabregas in the changing room, I didn’t realise he was there on the pitch," he said when asked about the incident.

Take a look at the video and see for yourself:

Hmmmm, we’re not sure we believe you, Pep.

After the match, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager apologised for the actions of his side.

"It is a pity the game finished like this," Guardiola said.

"I don't like that and I apologise for what happened. I don't think Aguero's challenge is intentional. Both players were strong, that is all.

"Then Fernandinho went over to defend his team-mate because of what the opponent did to Aguero.

"When (City winger) Nolito did that against Bournemouth, it was a red card for him and a three-game ban. That is why Fernandinho went to defend his team-mate, that is all.

"I have not spoken to him about it - if it is on TV, we will see about it."

Following the controversy at the end, the FA have announced that both clubs have been charged with failing to control their players.

It’s also been confirmed that Aguero will miss the next four Premier League matches, due to already receiving a retrospective red card for a clash with West Ham’s Winston Reid in August.

However, it’s been revealed that Fabregas won’t receive any ban for his ‘slap’ on Fernandinho.

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