Mancini escapes FA rap for claiming referee 'ate too much at Christmas'
14:42 GMT, 10 January 2013
16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013
Roberto Mancini will not be disciplined by the FA for his criticism of referee Kevin Friend on Boxing Day.
The Manchester City manager said that Friend may
have ‘ate too much’ at Christmas after their 1-0 defeat at Sunderland and while the FA have decided not to punish Mancini, they have
reminded him of his responsibilities.
Had they taken action he
would have been facing a touchline ban or a fine.
Off the hook: Mancini will not face any punishment from the FA for his criticism of referee Kevin Friend
Mancini was angry because he felt City deserved a free-kick following Craig Gardner’s challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner.
He blamed both the referee and the linesman, saying: ‘The referee may have had too much to eat for Christmas. The linesman, too. It wasn’t a great game from them.
'That’s the problem we have sometimes in football. I don’t see how the referee can’t see the foul in the build-up. I don’t know how.’
The Italian was asked to offer observations about his comments by last Friday and after he sent the FA an explanation of his words the matter was dropped.