Pellegrini blasts officials

Manuel Pellegrini was left fuming at the match officials after seeing Malaga bow out of the UEFA Champions League in Germany.

Last Updated: 10/04/13 at 08:43 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Saw Malaga bow out of Europe in dramatic circumstances

Manuel Pellegrini: Saw Malaga bow out of Europe in dramatic circumstances

The Spanish outfit appeared to be on course for a semi-final berth when they edged into a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund with just eight minutes remaining.

There was, however, to be a dramatic end to proceedings, with Marco Reus and Felipe Santana netting in stoppage-time to see Dortmund through.

Santana appeared to grab his crucial goal from an offside position, but that was not the only decision which left Pellegrini incensed at the final whistle.

In a scathing attack on Scottish referee Craig Thomson, the Malaga coach said: "After we went 2-1 up, there was no more referee.

"We were pushed into the defence by long balls, but also by fouls and elbow checks. Fouls were not punished and two red cards should have been given.

"(Sven) Bender was already booked and then handballed. (Marcel) Schmelzer did an elbow check in front of the linesman - he didn't book him, but booked (Jesus) Gamez.

"Under these circumstances it is difficult to resist pressure, even though we intended to play forward.

"We were already punished by not being able to play internationally in the next few years, so it's especially bitter to go out like that."

Cruel

He added: "They did not want us in the semi-final.

"It is certainly not a bitterness that will go away from one day to the next. You can talk about a cruel defeat, but I do not agree, we have played a great game.

"Now we are looking to finish the championship as best we can."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company