Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on referees to protect footballers on the pitch from dangerous tackles.

Referee Lee Mason was in charge of the FA Cup Fourth Round tie between Manchester City and Cardiff City on Sunday. The Premier League side won 2-0 but Guardiola was unhappy with the officiating.

Leroy Sane suffered a rough tackle from Joe Bennett and now, the Manchester City player will be out for at least three weeks, while the Cardiff star was only shown a yellow card.

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Bennett was later sent off after another bad foul on Brahim Diaz at the end of the game.

Pep could not hold back his frustration.

“I said many times: the only thing they have to do is protect the players. I can accept the [disallowed] second goal, that we didn’t score, I don’t know why, but I will accept it. But please protect the players. Not the Manchester City players, [all] the players.”

“The only thing they can do is that: protect the players. Or it will happen again, it will happen again. It happened once, it happened with Brahim again at the end. So please. For football in general, the players they are the artists, you have to take care of them. That’s why you are here and why I’m here. For them, the players. And the only thing they can do is protect them.”

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