Mancini Won’t Be Banned For Argument with Referee

Man City boss won't be banned for confrontation with referee after their Champions League match.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been told that he won't be banned from the Champions League, following his confrontation with referee Peter Rasmussen after Manchester City's 2-2 draw with Ajax on Tuesday night.

Mancini ran onto the pitch to confront Rasmussen after the referee had wrongly disallowed Sergio Aguero's 88th-minute strike and didn't award Balotelli a penalty. However, UEFA have confirmed that the incident was not reported by the referee, meaning that Mancini will therefore be able to join his team on the pitch for their difficult upcoming game against Real Madrid. 

A spokesman for UEFA said: "Nothing was reported neither by the delegate nor by the referee. No disciplinary proceedings are opened."

Mancini knocked over a cameraman whilst storming towards Rasmussen, but has denied threatening the referee during the confrontation, saying: "I said to the referee that it was a goal. I didn't see the last situation with Mario, but my players say it was a penalty. The referee and his staff were really poor tonight.

"The cameraman wanted to film me and he followed me all over the pitch.

"I said to him 'finish, finish' because it's not about me, it's about the game. I said to the cameraman, 'finish, go'."

City fought back from being 0-2 down at the Etihad Stadium to secure the draw, with both Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero acquiring the crucial goals. However, their rocky start to the Champions League has left the Premiership champions in an unenviable position, having to defeat both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to even be in with a chance of making it to the last 16.

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