Belfast Telegraph

Mancini bemoans key decisions

Roberto Mancini hit out at referee Mark Clattenburg after watching Chelsea end his Manchester City side's unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season.

City boss Mancini was fuming with Clattenburg's decision to wave away his side's penalty appeal while they were leading 1-0 and completely dominating at a wet and windy Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg rubbed salt into the wound by sending off Gael Clichy as well as awarding Chelsea a late spot-kick as Mancini's men lost 2-1 and gave hope to all of their title rivals. And when asked about Clattenburg's performance, Mancini said sarcastically: "I agree with all of his decisions."

The official appeared to have a good view of City's first-half penalty claim, when David Silva went over after Jose Bosingwa dangled his leg in the box.

Asked why Clattenburg might not have seen the incident, Mancini said: "It was raining a lot," before adding: "We did a good performance in the first half. We played very, very well, deserved to score two or three goals. There was a big penalty. There wasn't a fan outside the stadium who didn't see it. But the referee was very close and didn't see it.

"When one team plays very well and has a chance to score another goal there is a big penalty, you should concede. When you play against Chelsea, you can lose, because Chelsea's a good team - but not like this."

Opposite number Andre Villas-Boas admitted his side had been fortunate, saying of Mancini: "It's unlucky for him.

"We've been having our decisions that have not been going our way and [on Monday] it maybe didn't go Man City's way. But that's the nature of the game and at least our penalty's a blatant penalty."

Mancini admitted there had been a heated exchange in the tunnel between opposing players after the game, saying: "I don't know if (Ashley) Cole said something. I don't know what he said. I don't understand."

But Villas-Boas said: "It's untrue and it's unfair. It really doesn't matter now. There's always some trouble-making situation in our wins to divert the story, so whatever."


From Belfast Telegraph