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Pellegrini says sorry for rant

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Pellegrini changed from his normal cool, calm and collective self after the defeat on Tuesday
Pellegrini changed from his normal cool, calm and collective self after the defeat on Tuesday

Manuel Pellegrini has apologised for his rant at referee Jonas Eriksson after his Manchester City team lost to Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Pellegrini criticised the performance of Eriksson and blamed the officials nationality as a reason for the result and the decisions that went against his team.

UEFA have charged Pellegrini with misconduct after an investigation into his comments of accusing Eriksson of favouring the Catalans.

After UEFA announced that Pellegrini would be charged, he stated that he meant no offence with his comments.

"When you lose a game the way we lost against Barcelona, you're frustrated and angry," Pellegrini told the Daily Mirror. "Maybe I said some things I didn't mean in that way, so I apologise for what I said.

"I said the referee decided the match because he didn't give us a foul and after came the penalty against Martin Demichelis, who we had sent off.

"Refereeing is a very difficult profession because they only have a fraction of a second and after they compare their decisions with maybe eight television cameras.

"It's not my way to criticise the referee, but he decided the game not with the intention to benefit Barcelona or damage Manchester City."

It is expected that Pellegrini will get the same punishment (a five match ban) as current Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, received when he gave a similar rant in his days at Real Madrid.