Pep apologises to Liverpool fans for vile chants

Pep Guardiola has apologised to Liverpool supporters – but suggested the offensive chants from his Manchester City players was not aimed at Sean Cox or the Hillsborough disaster.

The Citizens gaffer apologised after a video emerged on social media appearing to mock the Reds and their supporters.

Several members of City’s title-winning squad were among those caught on video singing lines about fans being “battered in the streets” and being “victims of it all”.

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The video was recorded as City made their return to Manchester after beating Brighton 4-1 to edge out Jurgen Klopp’s men on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Guardiola said via Liverpool Echo: “Just for one second imagine we could offend about these tragedies about Liverpool, all the Liverpool people, it’s incredible.

“We were happy for ourselves. If someone was offended for another issue, I am sorry, I apologise, but it wasn’t our intention.

“We were happy for ourselves to win the Premier League against an incredible contender.

“You know my opinion on social media, but we are not the only one to do that. We are living in that position and that is what it is.”

The Citizens are targeting a domestic treble when they face Watford FC in the FA Cup final having already won the League Cup and Premier League title.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola holds the Premier League trophy with backroom staff during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019, in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)