Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has defended Benjamin Mendy after the full back breached Covid protocols on New Year’s Eve, saying the Frenchman’s critics were too quick to pass judgment.
“Normally in this society we judge, but society will be better if we judge ourselves. I’m not justifying him, he broke the rules. But don’t give too many lessons to the other ones,” Guardiola said after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea.
Mendy apologised for flouting rules by hosting a party attended by at least three people outside his household.
Under British government guidelines, those living in regions with Tier 4 restrictions are not allowed to mix with others outside their own household.
Guardiola comments come after some current and former players attacked Mendy and other Premier League players for failing to act as role models and argued that clubs needed to be stronger and hand out punishments.
“You can’t say ‘deal with it internally’ and still play them. That will fall on deaf ears. To make a real message, you have to drop them from teams.”
“They have the same responsibility as everyone else. Mendy knows he made a big mistake, but it finishes here.”