UEFA charges Manuel Pellegrini over referee outburst

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was incensed by referee Jonas Eriksson's performance in Tuesday's last 16 first-leg Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, which saw Barcelona's Lionel Messi open the scoring from the penalty spot after Martin Demichelis had been sent off for fouling him.

updated: February 22, 2014 14:04 IST
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Geneva: UEFA on Friday announced that it had charged Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for his virulent verbal attack on the referee after his side's 2-0 Champions League loss to Barcelona.

"Following an investigation by the UEFA disciplinary inspector, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against Manuel Pellegrini concerning the press interviews given to media after the above-mentioned match," European football's governing body said in a statement.

It said that Pellegrini had been charged with "violation of the general principles of conduct" set down in UEFA regulations, and that his case would be beard on February 28.

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