MANCINI: I WAS COPYING ROONEY

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that he attempted to copy the gesture from Wayne Rooney in the present third-round FA Cup match between the two clubs against Wigan athletic.

Wayne Rooney waved an imaginary yellow card at the referee during the heated 3-2 win over Manchester city recently. It prompted angry response from Manchester city manager Mancini, who said that the behaviour was totally unacceptable. However, he himself repeated actions against Wigan athletic on Monday. Even though Manchester City came out with a 1-0 win thanks to Edin Dzeko, Roberto Mancini was unhappy with the referee on a number of occasions.

He waved an imaginary and card himself after criticising the actions of Wayne Rooney only a few weeks ago. He had initially stated that the behaviour was totally unacceptable and that Wayne Rooney should be punished for his actions. However, after the 1-0 win over Wigan athletic, Roberto Mancini said that it is quite normal for a person to come out with this reaction in case of injustice. He further said that it was quite normal for players and managers to give out this reaction in order to protest against the wrong decisions by referees.

“I did [the waving of an imaginary card] because Rooney did this, but this was normal when there is one chance like today. I am on the bench. It’s different from a player who is near the referee. From the bench it’s what you think at the moment, but the referee doesn’t see you on the bench,” he said. Roberto Mancini has been involved in a number of altercations with players and managers in recent weeks. After the incident with Wayne Rooney, Roberto Mancini also clashed with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after his side lost 1-0 to the Liverpool side in the Carling cup semi-final.

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