Two-game ban for Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a two-game touchline ban for the critical comments he made about the referee following last week's Champions League loss to Barcelona.

Last Updated: 28/02/14 at 21:23 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Was critical of the ref after the loss to Barcelona

Manuel Pellegrini: Was critical of the ref after the loss to Barcelona

And European governing body UEFA also announced that a further one-match ban for the manager will be suspended for two years.

City were beaten 2-0 by Barca at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie.

And the match turned on an incident in the 54th minute when Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson sent off Martin Demichelis for a penalty-box foul on Lionel Messi, who got up to score the spot-kick and put the visitors 1-0 up.

After the match, Pellegrini was scathing about Eriksson's performance and said: "From the beginning, I felt the referee was not impartial to both teams.

"He decided the game with a foul that he didn't whistle against (on Jesus Navas) and a penalty with Demichelis that was not a penalty, it was outside the box.

"I think it was not a good idea to put a referee from Sweden in charge of such an important match, and a referee who made an important mistake against Barcelona in a previous match (Eriksson turned down strong Barca penalty claims during a 2012 game at AC Milan). Today, he arranged it."

Boss apologises for comments

Pellegrini recovered his poise a couple of days later and expressed remorse for his remarks, saying: "When you lose the game in the way we did, you are angry and frustrated.

"I am sure this is a good referee, because UEFA is always evaluating all the referees and, if he is not a good referee, he is not in the UEFA staff.

"Maybe I said something that I don't think. I apologise for what I said."

However, hours after issuing the apology, he was charged by UEFA for "violation of the general principles of conduct".

And the Chilean boss will start his two-match ban when his team plays the second leg in Spain on 12 March, with the suspended game to be imposed if he breaches the misconduct rules again in the next two years.

A UEFA statement read: "UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body has banned Manchester City FC head coach Manuel Pellegrini for three UEFA competition games, one of which is under probation for two years.

"This means that Pellegrini may follow the game from the stands only. He may not enter the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before or during the match, and he may not communicate directly or indirectly with his players and/or technical staff during the game."

Pellegrini has the right of appeal against his punishment.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League: Jerome Boateng sinks Manchester City as Bayern Munich win 1-0

A late Jerome Boateng strike against his former side was enough for Bayern Munich see off Man City with a 1-0 win.

Champions League: Chelsea draw 1-1 with Schalke at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke at Stamford Bridge in their opening Group G Champions League clash.

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property