Manuel Pellegrini: Referee Was On Barcelona’s Side

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Etihad Stadium boss unhappy with official’s performance.

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Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini risks punishment at the hands of UEFA following his outspoken remarks concerning the performance of referee Jonas Eriksson.

The Etihad Stadium side held their own until early into the second half when Barcelona were awarded a penalty and subsequently saw Martin Demichelis sent off.

The usually mild mannered Pellegrini stated;

“The referee decided the game. He was on Barcelona’s side from the beginning until the end.”
Demichelis was sent off for a 54th-minute foul on Lionel Messi, who converted the resultant penalty to break the deadlock.

Pellegrini added: “Before the penalty, which was outside the area, there was a foul on Jesus Navas. He didn’t control any of the game.

“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. Today he arranged it.

“The more important mistake is the foul against Navas, and secondly the penalty.

“Contact was outside the box – that is the foul, you cannot continue the foul. The first foul is outside the box. Before the penalty Barcelona did not have chances and we were preparing the way to score.”

Dani Alves added a second in the dying moments of the first leg and leaves Man City with a mountain to climb at the NOu Camp.

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