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Man City fined by UEFA hours after FA charge accepted

Manchester City hosted Monaco in the round of 16 first leg Credit: PA

Manchester City have been fined 18,000 euros (£15,573) by UEFA for three offences during their Champions League clash with Monaco at the Etihad Stadium last month.

City have been found guilty of charges relating to a pitch invasion, the throwing of objects and a delayed kick-off during the last-16 first leg on February 21, the European governing body has announced.

The development comes on the same day City accepted a charge of misconduct from the Football Association relating to the conduct of their players in last weekend's Premier League game against Liverpool.

Man City accept FA misconduct charge over behaviour

Manchester City players crowded the referee after Liverpool were awarded a penalty Credit: PA

Manchester City have accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct relating to the behaviour of players in last weekend's game against Liverpool.

The club were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following a controversial penalty decision in the second half of Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium.

City, who were given until Friday to respond, have now indicated they will plead guilty. The case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission in due course.

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Southgate and Guardiola are not 'too different', insists Stones

Stones was praised for 'having more balls than anybody' by Guardiola after Manchester City's draw with Liverpool. Credit: PA

John Stones believes England manager Gareth Southgate has similar qualities to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, and sees the pair as perfect mentors for club and country.

I don't think they're too different, both want to play football, both have got great football brains and knowledge about the game.

I think the fundamentals of what they want to get across come over really well and that makes it easier for us as players.

[Guardiola] only speaks in team meetings or if he wants to tell you something individually. I think that's a great quality as a manager, giving you little bits here and not flooding you with too many things.

And when I was with the U21s we had a great group, [Southgate] was not bombarding you with too much info. It was picking up little pointers during training or during games.

– Stones press conference

Pep: 1-1 Liverpool draw one of greatest days of my career

Pep Guardiola hailed his City team for coming back to claim a point after James Milner's penalty put Liverpool ahead. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola surprisingly hailed Manchester City's 1-1 draw at home with fourth-placed Liverpool as one of the greatest days of his career.

The low scoreline belied what was a pulsating incident-packed clash at the Etihad - though few would have placed it in the pantheon of greatest matches for the winner of 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola lifting the DFB Cup after Bayern Munich's victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Credit: PA

Yet Guardiola said it was his City side's response to the disappointment of the midweek exit from Europe that had given him such joy as a coach.

"This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager," he said.

The Spanish coach celebrates Barcelona's 2009 Champions League victory over Manchester United in style. Credit: PA

"After our defeat in the Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn't talk too much.

"That is why I am so, so happy. They put absolutely everything that they had on the pitch."

Date of Manchester derby at the Etihad rearranged

Jose Mourinho's United are out to avenge a 2-1 Old Trafford defeat when they face Pep Guardiola's City at the Etihad. Credit: PA

The Premier League derby clash between Manchester City and Manchester United has been rearranged.

City will host their rivals at 8pm on Thursday, April 27 as they look to do the double over Jose Mourinho's visitors following September's 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

As Opta has recorded, it is the first Thursday night derby clash between the teams in 23 years.

The derby - which was postponed in February as United appeared in the EFL Cup final - means City's league trip to Middlesbrough has been pushed back a day to Sunday, April 30.

Four other Premier League fixtures have been rearranged in what becomes a busy midweek of matches:

Apr 25
Chelsea v Southampton
Apr 26
Arsenal v Leicester, Middlesbrough v Sunderland and Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Apr 27
Manchester City v Manchester United

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Yaya Toure's agent 'negotiating with different clubs'

Yaya Toure's contract is up at the end of the season Credit: PA

Yaya Toure's agent has revealed he has opened negotiations with other clubs over the Manchester City midfielder's future.

And Dimitri Seluk has even claimed he would be open to an offer from rivals Manchester United for the 33-year-old.

Toure is one of six City players out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to speak to different clubs since January.

Until now he had not been doing so but Seluk told Sky Sports the situation has changed.

From yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future.

We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don't say anything. Before March, we didn't negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited.

But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June, and have no negotiations with anybody.

Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don't speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries - Italy and Spain.

I said to Manchester City that we will start negotiations with other clubs about the future of Yaya. After that, if Manchester City want, they can start negotiations. If they don't want then we will find another club.

Yaya can, tomorrow, sign a contract with another club and after that for Manchester City it is too late.

Why not [Manchester United]? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.

I understand this is two clubs who are rivals but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me. This problem will be from Manchester City staff.

– Dimitri Seluk

Clichy: Man City players to blame for European exit

Gael Clichy was part of the Manchester City side knocked out by Monaco Credit: PA

Gael Clichy insists the fault for Manchester City's Champions League exit lies more with the players than manager Pep Guardiola.

The left-back claims City deviated too much from Guardiola's gameplan as they were beaten 3-1 in Monaco on Wednesday to exit the competition at the last-16 stage on away goals.

Guardiola has been criticised for his determination to build on the 5-3 advantage established in the first leg by attacking rather than looking to sit back.

It was an approach that was understandable given the brittle nature of City's defence but it backfired as Monaco established complete control early on, scoring twice in the opening half-hour.

Left-back Clichy, however, felt it was the players who were to blame for not carrying out instructions.

[Guardiola] never told us to play deep, so of course we have to take responsibility for that.

Since he took over at the club his philosophy is to go forward, to press the team we're playing, to win the ball high up the field and then pass the ball to a player who can be creative and make something happen and we just didn't do it.

Willy [Caballero] made a great save in the first eight minutes and I just felt that first part of the game set the momentum, and it was not for us. We tried to react but they have quality and we suffered.

We came back strongly in the second half and could have killed the game with those three or four chances in 20 minutes but we didn't do it.

It's a big disappointment. When we play like the manager wants we can create problems for any team and if we'd started the game like we did the second half it could have been different.

But we have to look forward to Liverpool (on Sunday) now because the season is not finished. We can win something still this year so we have to believe and finish strongly.

– Gael Clichy
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