Pellegrini comments under UEFA investigation

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will face an investigation by UEFA following his comments after his side’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona, according to ITV.

City lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match and Pellegrini feels that Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson cost them the game.

Eriksson sent off City defender Martin Demichelis in the 54th minute and awarded a penalty to Barcelona, a decision which caused the official’s impartiality to be questioned.

“UEFA has mandated a disciplinary inspector to commence an investigation concerning the press interviews given by the Manchester City FC head coach Manuel Luis Pellegrini to media after the above-mentioned match,” a statement said.

“Based on the outcome of this investigation, a decision will be taken on whether disciplinary proceedings will be opened.”

Pellegrini claimed that the official was attempting to atone for a past mistake made against Barcelona and believes that the Swedish official was poorly chosen by UEFA.

“From the beginning I felt the referee was not impartial to both teams,” said the 60-year-old.

“I think it was not a good idea to put a referee from Sweden in charge of such an important match, especially a referee who has made an important mistake against Barcelona in a previous match.

“[It’s] more important football in Europe than Sweden. A big game with two important teams, that kind of game needs a referee with more experience.”

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