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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was pleased his side were still giving their all despite already having clinched the Premier League title.
Manchester City showed no signs of slowing down after securing the title, as the Premier League champions thrashed Swansea City.
Manchester City showed no signs of slowing down after securing the title, as the Premier League champions thrashed Swansea City.

Manchester City will not face action over the pitch invasion which followed Sunday’s Premier League win over Swansea, sources confirmed on Monday.

Thousands of supporters swarmed on to the field at the Etihad Stadium to celebrate the team’s title win after Pep Guardiola’s side thrashed the Swans 5-0.

Pitch invasions are not generally allowed but the Football Association does review each on an individual basis and is taking a common-sense approach in this case.

The FA sought observations over the matter but sources confrimed it will go no further as the governing body believes the incursion to be celebratory in nature.

It had been City’s first match since securing the Premier League title but they are not due to be presented with the trophy until after their home game with Huddersfield on May 6.

Manchester City fans invade the pitch following the 5-0 Premier League win against Swansea.
Man City fans take to the pitch to celebrate their team’s Premier League title after a 5-0 win against Swansea.

A day earlier, City manager Pep Guardiola said Manchester City supporters were just showing their happiness in the good-natured invasion.

“Football is an emotional game. I understand you have to be careful, but when they feel they want to share that they are happy, it is better they stay where they should stay, but I’m not going to tell them ‘don’t do that,'” the City boss told a news conference.

“If they are happy I like to be close with the team. They show how happy they are and that is the most beautiful thing we can live like professionals, a manager and football players. We felt that today. The fans here were so happy.

“Just arriving on the bus the way people look at us and celebrate in the stadium and jump. I’m sorry that’s good. It’s time to celebrate it. I’m not going to tell anybody don’t enjoy it. I’m not going to tell them.”

City have two games left to play at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola joked that he would prefer if they looked after the pitch.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.

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