Man City’s Mancini in touchline spat with Aston Villa boss Lambert

Roberto Mancini has been involved in an angry exchange with his Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert during Manchester City’s Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of their Premier League rivals, the BBC has reported.

Villa won 4-2 after extra time at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to a Gareth Barry own goal against his former team, a brace from Gabriel Agbonlahor and one from Charles N’Zogbia. Their efforts cancelled out Mario Balotelli’s first-half opener and a second-half strike from Aleksandar Kolarov.

The BBC notes that Mancini was riled by a tackle from Villa defender Joe Bennett on Barry, with the Italian speaking with the fourth official to ask why the challenge was not deemed a yellow card. That led to Lambert defending his player and the row between the bosses erupting.

After the match Mancini said: “I am tired with these managers. I didn’t say nothing to him [Lambert]. There are some managers it is better to shut up. I asked only the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he comes over to me.

It is not the first time Mancini has been involved in a touchline argument with an opposition manager, having been given a suspended fine for an incident with Everton’s David Moyes, rowing with Queens Park Rangers’ Mark Hughes over the post-match handshake and having to be separated from Sir Alex Ferguson in a fiery argument towards the end of last season.

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