Man City boss Pep Guardiola handed two-game ban for conduct in defeat to Liverpool

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UEFA has announced Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been given a two-match ban, one of which is suspended for one season, for improper conduct following his dismissal from the bench in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool in April.

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Champions League: Joy on the streets of Madrid and in the Bernabeu as Real Madrid celebrate No13

Alex Broun 28/05/2018
Joy for Hala Madrid as Marcello and Ramos hold the trophy aloft.

Thousands of fans lined the streets of the Spanish capital to greet Real Madrid‘s victorious players as they returned home from Kyiv on Sunday with the Champions League cup held aloft by captain Sergio Ramos.

Los Blancos have claimed a remarkable third successive title and 13th time overall.

Fans greeted them on the street, as an open-top bus carrying the squad and the trophy made its way to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles.

The giant white bus bore the phrase ‘Campeones 13’ and the club’s crest. From there it was on to the Bernabeu where the action really kicked off.

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Loris Karius 'infinitely sorry' for blunders that saw Liverpool crash and burn against Real Madrid

Chris Bailey 27/05/2018
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Loris Karius says he is “infinitely sorry” for the mistakes he made in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss against Real Madrid on Saturday.

The 24-year-old German goalkeeper was in tears at the final whistle in Kiev after the Reds’ 3-1 defeat to Real.

The Spanish side’s first goal came when Karim Benzema charged down an attempted throw-out by Karius, and the goalkeeper then allowed a long-range Gareth Bale shot to slip through his grasp for the third.

Karius tweeted on Sunday afternoon: “Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I’m infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down…

“As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible. It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time…

“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”

Karius had earlier told talkSPORT: “I lost my team the game.

“I’m sorry for everyone – from the team, from the whole club – that the mistakes cost dearly.

“If I could go back in time, I would. I feel sorry for my team. I know I let them down.

“It’s very hard right now but that’s the life of a goalkeeper. These goals cost us the title, basically.”

Former Reds goalkeeper Ray Clemence said Karius would have to live with his mistakes “for the rest of his life”.

Clemence, who was in goal for Liverpool’s first three European Cup wins including the 1-0 victory over Real in 1981, told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “He’s made two horrendous errors at vital times in the game and he has to live with that.

“He’s got the whole summer to think about it and when you make mistakes in massive games like that they will be with you for the rest of your life, because people will remember them and keep reminding you of them.”

KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26:  Loris Karius of Liverpool watches the ball cross the line as he concedes for the third time during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Karius will benefit from the post-season break as he seeks to come to terms with his errors, according to leading psychologist Professor Cary Cooper.

Cooper, professor of psychology and health at Manchester Business School, said: “The only way he can get over this is by putting it behind him and carrying
on.

“He made a couple of big mistakes but he has got to see that as irrelevant now, otherwise his career’s over.

“It is all about the bounce-back factor. The really successful people in sport as in business are the ones with the biggest bounce-back factor, because everybody makes mistakes along the way.

“I’m not saying this won’t adversely affect his self-confidence for a little while, but he is fortunate there is a gap now before he has to play again, and he can come back with a clean slate.”

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