• Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Referee rages at Mancini after City denied late leveller

    Referee Peter Rasmussen pointed the finger at Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after their Champions League draw with Ajax.

    City fought back from 2-0 down early on to secure a 2-2 draw with the Dutch champions, but were left frustrated by a late offside call and an incident in the final seconds that might have given them a penalty.

    Mancini harangued Rasmussen after the game, but the Danish referee told reporters that City weren't focusing on the right areas. "Frankly, the defending for both Ajax goals was utter turd. Everyone involved in European football knows Ajax's threat from corners, yet twice they allowed Siem de Jong a free run at the ball. I put it to Mr Mancini that that's his main issue, not a tight offside call and an incident none of my team saw an issue with, without the benefit of multiple angles and slow-motion replays".

    "The main problem", Rasmussen continued, "is that managers and players have no experience of refereeing at the top level. They must have more empathy. They don't realise what's at stake out there."

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