City claimed a hard-fought draw at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 1-0 on aggregate, but the game ended in resentment and bitterness with scuffles on the pitch and in the tunnel.
A scrum involving numerous players from both sides first broke out on the pitch after Felipe kicked Phil Foden.
Among the issues, Atletico defender Stefan Savic pulled the unused hair of City substitute Jack Grealish after the pair exchanged words. Felipe was expelled for his involvement.
The problems continued after the teams left the pitch, with the players having to be separated in the tunnel. Television images showed objects being thrown and the police reportedly intervened to restore order.
Asked about the incidents in his post-match press conference, Guardiola simply replied that he had ‘nothing to say’.
Pressed further by a head injury suffered by Foden in another poor challenge from Felipe in the first half, Guardiola said: “I’m not talking about the referees or the opponents either.”
There was also a suggestion that Guardiola threw liquid at him as he headed down the tunnel.
He said: “Everyone has seen the action but I have nothing to say.”
Guardiola preferred to focus on his players’ determined effort to claim a result amid fierce provocation and an intimidating atmosphere.
“They pushed us a lot,” Guardiola said. “Atletico were excellent in the second half and we forgot to play. We were in big trouble and they had chances to score.
“We had one or two clear chances in the first half, but in the second half of the second leg they were much better. But at the same time we defended with everything.
“We had to adapt. We couldn’t have the ball and we felt the pressure. We are in the semi-finals and it is an incredible achievement for our club.
Atlético coach Diego Simeone also declined to comment much on the controversies.
Simeone said: “I always think justice should be done by other people. It is the arbitrator who must render justice.
Regarding his team’s overall performance, Simeone said: “We are disappointed because we went out. You always want to win, no matter how you win. Winning is the most important thing.
“But of course it was a very difficult encounter against an extraordinary rival. We contained their strength and they only had a few chances.
“We played better in the second half and created chances that could have allowed us to win but we weren’t clinical.”
Pep Guardiola remains discreet about the horrific incidents that marred the meeting with Atletico Madrid
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