"I want to make it absolutely clear that the Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, did not say what The Sun is falsely claiming in this story", he wrote.
Smith told Sky Sports that referee Jon Moss even apologised to him after the game.
"I didn't see anything, because after the finish I went to the dressing room as quickly as possible", said Pellegrino, of Guardiola's full-time flashpoint with Redmond. You can agree or not, but if I'm explaining what happened and the people don't believe me then let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games. Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play". If they want to listen to me then I will do it.
"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed". The can do that with me, with Nathan and with The Sun.
The FA said it had sought observations over the incident from Guardiola, who has until 6 p.m. GMT on Monday, Dec. 4, to respond. "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".
The FA will then decide whether Guardiola, who also encroached onto the pitch to celebrate when Raheem Sterling scored City's 95th-minute victor, should face a disrepute charge following his conduct.
"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added.
Guardiola admitted frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute". I have faced these kind of teams a lot of times in my career. Adding to that at a press conference yesterday, he said: "I said to Nathan, "You have to attack because you have the quality to do that".
"It is the same as what I do to beat them". That's it. Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best managers in world football. All the managers want to help their players because if they play bad we'll be sacked.
Guardiola faces a tough selection issue for Sunday's visit of struggling with West Ham - with Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Fernandinho all one booking away from a suspension that would rule them out of the Manchester derby a week later. They are the team who have created one of the most chances until now.