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Mancini blames Clattenburg for Barry ban

News 15 Dec 2012, 14:04 IST

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City FC and Ajax Amsterdam at the Etihad Stadium on November 6, 2012 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has blamed fourth official Mark Clattenburg for Gareth Barry’s one match game which has made him unavailable for this weekend’s game against Newcastle United.

The Italian stated that Barry was upset after the last minute defeat to United and although he swore, Clattenburg could have taken his words not so seriously and hence avoided this ban.

Mancini said: “Gareth is a serious man and a serious player and I don’t understand why Clattenburg said these things about Gareth Barry. This has come from Clattenburg and he should understand this situation. If he said inappropriate words against Clattenburg I think he should understand this.

“I don’t know if Clattenburg has this problem because of Chelsea but this is another situation.”

City have, however, not contested FA’s ban on Gareth Barry.

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