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Man City: Pep Guardiola claims ‘unprofessional and unethical’ stars LEAK team news to their rivals

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims ‘unprofessional and unethical’ Premier League stars LEAK team news to their rivals … just days after Aston Villa banned their team from playing Fantasy Football when news of Jack Grealish’s injury came online

  • Pep Guardiola suggested that some players discuss team selections with rivals
  • Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was furious at leaks about Jack Grealish’s injury
  • Players and staff have removed Grealish from their Fantasy Football teams
  • Guardiola claimed that anything that would adversely affect the teams had to stop

Pep Guardiola suggested that Premier League players discuss upcoming team selections with rivals amid Aston Villa complaints about leaks.

Villa boss Dean Smith was left furious after news of several players removing the injured Jack Grealish from their fantasy football squad trickled into social media.

It became clear that Grealish would not be available for the weekend defeat against Leicester after a twitter account found that three players and two staff members had transferred the captain.

Pep Guardiola has suggested that some Premier League players discuss team selections and tactics with rivals

Pep Guardiola has suggested that some Premier League players discuss team selections and tactics with rivals

Dean Smith was left furious after news of Jack Grealish's injury was leaked on social media

Dean Smith was left furious after news of Jack Grealish's injury was leaked on social media

Several Villa players have taken the captain off their fantasy soccer teams

Several Villa players have taken the captain off their fantasy soccer teams

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith (left) was left furious after news that several players removed injured Jack Grealish (right) from their fanciful football sides that leaked on social media

Smith has since banned his squad from participating in the online game, and while admitting he was unaware of fantasy football, Guardiola insisted that anything detrimental to teams should stop.

“I know the players play these games, but I don’t know what fantasy football is,” said Guardiola. ‘I’ve never played it and heard it for the first time on Sky yesterday.

‘Sometimes you make a team selection and players are friends with other teams and they talk about what you do. Sometimes it happens, it’s incredibly unethical and unprofessional, but you don’t have everything under control. ‘

Manchester City is back in the Champions League action on Wednesday evening, a last-16 first leg against Borussia Monchengladbach in Budapest.

Guradiola insisted that last season's Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon is a thing of the past

Guradiola insisted that last season's Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon is a thing of the past

Guradiola insisted that last season’s Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon is a thing of the past

They go to Hungary and only miss Nathan Ake, with the shock of last season’s Lyon quarter-final still fresh in their minds, but Guardiola insisted he is not interested in the past. They never reached the last four among the Catalans.

“I’m not a big fan of saying experiences help you,” he said. ‘Every time we went out we were on a high level, we were so close.

‘We were better against Tottenham (2019) and Lyon (2020), but we were out. We have to play well, but the desire is there, what do we have to do to beat them – no more.

‘And then we’ll see the second stage and then the quarters on if we’re good enough. No more expectations than that. It’s just this game. ‘

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