Lucas Paqueta’s behavior against Manchester City has come under scrutiny.
“West Ham fans didn’t like the way Paqueta greeted Pep Guardiola before the game,” British outlet Talk Sport reported on Sunday.
The Hammers had earlier suffered a 1-3 defeat against Man City in the fifth round of the 2023/2024 English Premier League at the London Stadium.
The incident in question was captured before kickoff. Paqueta suddenly made his way to the City bench and shook hands and hugged Guardiola. He also exchanged greetings with City coach Juanma Rillo.
Paqueta has been touted as a potential signing for City this summer. City were in urgent need of Paqueta after the departure of Ilkay Gundogan and injuries to Kevin De Bruyne.
The move was well deserved. Despite last season being his first season in the Premier League, Paqueta caught the eye of the big clubs with five goals and seven assists in 43 games across all competitions.
A move was likely. City reportedly reached a personal agreement with Paqueta on a six-year contract and were even prepared to pay a £90 million transfer fee.
The deal never materialized. Non-football issues stood in the way. City canceled the deal altogether after learning that Paqueta was under investigation for alleged betting violations.카지노사이트
Paqueta visited the City bench before the game and spoke to the coaching staff, including Guardiola.
According to TalkSPORT, one West Ham fan took to social media to say, “Paqueta begging on the City bench is disrespectful. Disrespectful,” one West Ham fan wrote on social media.
It didn’t stop there. One fan wrote: “Paqueta begging Guardiola before the game. It’s pathetic,” while another fan questioned why Paqueta was coached by Guardiola: “I don’t know why he was coached by Guardiola.”