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Guardiola refuses handshake with All-Star coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 6:05 am •  Published: August 7, 2014
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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Pep Guardiola refused to shake hands with counterpart Caleb Porter after his Bayern Munich lost 2-1 to the Major League Soccer All-Stars on Wednesday, apparently upset about some heavy tackling in the game.

Guardiola wagged his finger angrily toward the MLS All-Stars bench as he walked off after the game without the traditional handshake, and ignored Porter when he tried to make contact as the Spanish coach saluted his own players on the field.

The Bayern manager refused to talk about it after the game, simply saying he didn't see Porter.

During the game, Guardiola complained to the refereeing staff and made gestures toward Porter after a tough tackle by Osvaldo Alonso. Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger then had to leave the game shortly before the end after another hard challenge.

"We certainly didn't mean anything negative," Porter said. "Our players have nothing but the utmost respect for Bayern.

Landon Donovan scored the winning goal for the MLS team when he downed a cross on his chest in the 70th minute and beat German World Cup goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from about 10 yards out.

Bayern's new signing Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a spectacular volley from the edge of the area early in the first half before Bradley Wright-Philips equalized early in the second.

The Bundesliga champions had seven members of the World Cup-winning German national team, but most of them remained on the bench until about the final 10 minutes.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said he was only playing his World Cup players sparingly to freshen them up for the approaching German and European seasons and he was true to his word. None of them started on Wednesday.