‘I Didn’t See Him’ – Bayern Munich Boss Pep Guardiola Refuses To Shake Hands With MLS Coach After All-Star Game

Chris Wright

7th, August 2014


By Chris Wright

Pep Guardiola has caused a bit of consternation in MLS circles by visibly refusing to shake hands with his American counterparts after the All-Stars game in Portland last night.

Bayern Munich slumped to a 2-1 defeat, but the catalyst in Guardiola’s refusal to offer a sporting handshake was apparently an over-zealous 89th-minute foul that left Bastian Schweinsteiger nursing an ankle injury.

Guardiola then wagged a derisory finger at coach Caleb Porter and the rest of the MLS bench after the final whistle, walking onto the pitch to console his players without so much as a second glance.

His defence? Well, Pep insisted that he hadn’t actually noticed that the MLS All-Stars coaching staff had been stationed on the bench next to his all evening.

“I didn’t see them,” the Bayern boss muttered after the game. “I shook hands with my players and the players from the opposing team.”

MLS president Sunil Gulati then Tweeted after the game that Pep and Porter had indeed shaken hands after the match, just not out on the pitch as is the custom…

Oh well, all’s well that ends well, eh? Pep can sure act like a prissy little madam when he loses.

Anyway, here are the official MLS highlights of the All-Star game. Keep an eye out for a cracking goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips (yep!) and yet another pre-season strike from Robert Lewandowski…

Fun fact: Ex-West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell somehow squirrelled his way into the MLS All-Stars team of 2014 despite having made a paltry three appearances for Portland Timbers since arriving on June 25th.

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  1. Matt says:

    Ridgewell, who plays in Portland, made it in because Kyle Beckerman pulled out of the game 2 days before. All star team (and Portland) coach Caleb Porter did not want to make any other players travel to…Portland, with 48 hours notice.

  2. Fnarf says:

    Guardiola is a grade A douche canoe.

  3. Jarren says:


    Joking aside, you can understand his anger. One of his star players potentially seriously injured before the Bundesliga has even started?

    Justified response in the heat of the moment. Dust settled, shook hands. End of.

    But anyway, that Lewandowski strike! NNNNGGGH

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