Manuel Pellegrini apologizes for criticizing referee

Written by Associated Press | Manchester, England | Updated: Feb 22 2014, 03:52am hrs
Manuel PellegriniManuel Pellegrini has apologized for questioning the integrity of referee Jonas Eriksson after the 2-0 loss to FC Barcelona. Reuters
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has apologized for questioning the integrity of referee Jonas Eriksson after the 2-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Pellegrini may face sanctions from UEFA after saying Eriksson was ''not impartial'' and suggesting he was influenced by previous matches he officiated involving FC Barcelona.

Eriksson awarded FC Barcelona a penalty conceded by City defender Martin Demichelis, who was sent off for the foul.

Pellegrini says on Friday, ''Maybe I said some things I didn't mean so I apologize for what I said.''

He adds, ''It is not my way to act to criticize the referee, but in that case it was not a good day and he decided the game -but not with the intention to benefit FC Barcelona or damage Manchester City.''