"I said [to the referee] I apologise because i couldn't control it, I was so happy like all the fans and players".
Cityâs win over Southampton came courtesy of a 96th minute goal from Sterling, the third time in eight days the England striker had scored a late decider.
Guardiola has since admitted he harboured regrets over the incident, with the Football Association asking for his observations on the issue. "He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season".
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has been given until Monday to respond to the FA.
Redmond explained that "nothing negative or offensive was said towards me" and concluded: "Sadly this story is an example of lazy journalism and is a complete joke. I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is". "If people don't believe me, let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games".
Nathan Redmond has been enjoying his share of time in the public eye this week.
"He was very passionate, intense and aggressive - but he was only very complimentary and positive to me", the 23-year-old later said on social media.
"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added. "(I told him) how good a player he is", Guardiola said. Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me. "The most important thing is how we played in the second half". It's the same as I do to beat them.
A draw left Southampton with four points from three games against Everton, Manchester City and Bournemouth, and Pellegrino reflected on a busy, demanding schedule.