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Pellegrini Banned Three Games for Eriksson Comments

  • AFP, Friday, February 28, 2014 1:16 PM

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has been given a three-game ban by UEFA, with one suspended for two years, following his verbal assault on Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson during City’s 2-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on February 18th. Pellegrini disagreed with the decision to award a penalty to Lionel Messi after the Argentine was brought down by Martin Demichelis. The Chilean argued that the contact was outside the penalty area and that City midfielder Jesus Navas had been fouled in the build-up to the incident. Pellegrini will be banned from the return-leg in Barcelona on March 12.

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