Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is expected to be called before the Football Association to explain his comments about referee Kevin Friend and the other officials who over saw the Premier League champions’ defeat to Sunderland on Boxing Day, but his Manchester United counterpart, Sir Alex Ferguson, will not be sanctioned for his own clash with the officials in the victory over Newcastle United, the
Mancini was annoyed that a foul was not given when Sunderland’s Craig Gardner challenged City defender Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson’s winning goal, claiming Friend and company had indulged a little too much over the Christmas period, with it showing in their performance at the Stadium of Light.
The Italian is liable to be fined or handed a suspended ban because he does not have a track record of public criticism of officials.
Ferguson, meanwhile, was incensed by the decision of referee Mike Dean to award a goal when Jonny Evans put into his own net, with the strike having originally been chalked off by assistant referee Jake Collin, because Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse was in an offside position.
However, Dean felt that since it was Evans who converted, with Cisse not making contact with the ball, then goal should stand and duly overruled Collin. Ferguson later launched a tirade in Dean’s direction but since the manager avoided using any foul language or accusing Dean of corruption, the referee included the incident in his report and it is considered dealt with.
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