Prickly Pep refuses to discuss Fernandinho dismissal

The Brazilian was sent off for the third time in six matches and his boss was in no mood to discuss referee Lee Mason's decision

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola delivered a series of curt answers in response to questions over another red card for Fernandinho against Burnley.

The Brazilian was sent off just after the half-hour mark of City's 2-1 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday for a two-footed lunge on Johann Gudmundsson.

City coped admirably with their numerical disadvantage, however, and two quickfire goals in the second half from Gael Clichy and substitute Sergio Aguero put them ahead before Ben Mee gave the Clarets hope wih 20 minutes to go.

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Fernandinho's dismissal was his third in six outings for City after red cards against Borussia Monchengladbach and Chelsea, but a clearly irked Guardiola was in no mood to discuss the decision of referee Lee Mason, whom he remonstrated with angrily at full-time.

"You are the journalist, you can see and explain it," he told Sky Sports.

When it was put to him that the reporter was not paid to explain it, Guardiola replied: "Me neither. I explain about the games, not the red cards and so on."

Guardiola brought David Silva and Aguero off the bench at half-time, and was asked if it was an error not to start the duo.

"Sure, I did a big mistake, you are right," he said with a hint of sarcasm. "Yes [I corrected it], I am intelligent."