Pep Guardiola hits out at Everton and Tottenham after Man City’s postponed match

Pep Guardiola has hit out at Premier League rivals Tottenham and Everton and accused them of putting football before the health of the nation.

Guardiola is not impressed that Spurs rival Jose Mourinho and the Toffees complained about the postponement of games this week due to Covid-19.

Manchester City's clash at Goodison Park was called off four hours before kick-off when more positive cases were announced within the City squad bubble.

Spurs' game with Fulham was also postponed due to positive cases in Scott Parker's squad, leading to Mourinho accusing the Premier League of being "unprofessional".

The Toffees were fuming when Monday's game was postponed and released a terse statement demanding answers from the Premier League.

But Guardiola has hit back and told rival clubs to stop complaining, when Covid-19 cases are on the rise and almost 1,000 people every day are dying from Covid-19 in the country.

Guardiola, whose mum died of Covid last year, insists it was the right decision and that he telephoned Toffees counterpart Carlo Ancelotti to explain what had happened in his squad.

The Spaniard believes City are one of the few clubs doing the right thing when it comes to protecting the health and safety of their players and staff.

He said: "I prefer the statement from Carlo Ancelotti than the statement from the club. We were clear.

“We spoke with the Premier League and I called Carlo personally to announce the situation and said 'OK, we're going to leave the clubs to do what they have to do and the Premier League.'

"We'd have loved to play Everton. We would have loved to play that game but unfortunately I think the Premier League decided, wisely, for the welfare of everyone, to not increase the cases and increase the situation given that in two or three days there were seven people, who we were in touch with every day, who had tested positive.

"There are clubs making statements complaining about this, when it's just (City) taking care of the health (of staff), when a lot of people in the UK are dying every day and every day a lot of people are being contaminated. What can you say? The world is crazy."

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