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Manuel Pellegrini handed two-game Champions League touchline ban

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Manuel Pellegrini handed two-game Champions League touchline ban

Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a two-game touchline suspension by UEFA for criticizing referee Jonas Eriksson after Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

A third game in the ban has been suspended for two years.

Following the 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Feb. 18, during which Martin Demichelis was sent off, the Chilean claimed the Swedish official “decided the game.”

"Of course I have a complaint, not only for the penalty and the red card,” Pellegrini said. "I think in the whole match we didn't have a referee with impartiality to both teams.”

Pellegrini has since apologized for his comments but his sanction from UEFA means he will not be permitted to sit on the bench for City’s return leg against the Spanish champions March 12.

"You are frustrated and angry. Maybe I said something but I don't think that way. I want to apologize," Pellegrini said. "I didn't say he was a bad referee, that he was not honest, that he cannot referee in UEFA.

"I felt from the beginning his criteria was not the same for both teams, I think he had a bad day — everyone can have a bad day — but I didn't say that intentionally he didn't give fouls for us or did give fouls for Barcelona."

The Chilean will not be allowed to communicate directly or indirectly with his players or coaching staff during the match at Camp Nou.

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