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Pellegrini handed touchline ban
Feb 28, 2014 3:28 PM EST
UEFA have handed Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini a three-match touchline ban for his comments about referee Jonas Eriksson.
Following City's 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona last week, Pellegrini was critical of Eriksson's performance after he gave the Spanish champions a second-half penalty for a Martin Demichelis foul on the edge of the area.
Pellegrini claimed the official "was not impartial", stating it was "not a good idea" to put a Swedish referee in charge of such a high-profile game while also suggesting Eriksson was trying to make amends for a decision given against Barca in their quarter-final clash with Milan in 2012.
Despite Pellegrini apologising for his comments, explaining he was "angry" and "frustrated", UEFA have opted to charge the Chilean with a "violation of the general principles of conduct".
European football's governing body announced his punishment on Friday, which will see one match of the three-game ban "under probation for two years".