UEFA bans Man City manager Guardiola for improper conduct

NYON, Switzerland (AP) Pep Guardiola will be banned from the touchline for Manchester City’s first game in the Champions League next season.

The City manager will also be banned for a further game if there’s a repeat offense during a probationary period next season after being found guilty of improper conduct during the Champions League quarterfinal second-leg loss to Liverpool in April.

After being sent to the stands for protesting a goal being disallowed and verbally abusing a referee, Guardiola appeared to send communications to his coaching staff from his second-half seat high in the main stand.

In a case from the first leg, Liverpool was fined 20,000 euros ($23,000) for crowd disturbances, including an attack on the City team bus and objects being thrown in the stadium.

Liverpool was fined 6,000 euros for fireworks being sent off and objects thrown in the second leg with City.