Manuel Pellegrini Charged By UEFA After Comments Made About Referee

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been charged by the UEFA after his comments that he made in his post-match interview after his team played Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week.

UEFA issued the following statement regarding the comments:

“Following an investigation by the UEFA disciplinary inspector, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against Manuel Luis Pellegrini concerning the press interviews given to media after the above-mentioned match.

“The Manchester City FC head coach is charged for violation of the general principles of conduct (Art.11 of the 2013 UEFA disciplinary regulations).

“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA control and disciplinary body on Friday 28 February.”

As a reminder of what Pellegrini said that got him into hot water, here’s the post-match interview:

Pellegrini was incensed by the perceived favoritism that the referee gave to Barcelona by not calling fouls, and incorrectly awarding a penalty to Barcelona after Martin Dimichelis fouled Messi. Watch the incidents here.

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