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Mancini sorry for scuffle

Italian does not expect any action from FA

Last Updated: 25/03/10 10:59am

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Roberto Mancini has apologised for his touchline bust-up with Everton counterpart David Moyes during Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Eastlands.

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The pair were embroiled in an angry confrontation on the touchline as Mancini tried to wrestle the ball from Moyes, feeling the Everton boss was trying to waste time.

Fourth official Howard Webb needed to intervene and referee Peter Walton sent both managers to the stand.

Mancini has played down the incident and he revealed he has apolgised to Moyes for the unsavoury episode.


"I speak to David and if I make a mistake I am sorry," said Mancini. "I only wanted to get the ball back as there was five minutes to the end.

"It is not imporant, it is finished."

Mancini does believe the clash warrants an investigation with both managers possibly facing bans if the FA decides to look into incident.

"It was nothing, it is finished," added Mancini. The referee sent us off. I am not aggressive, I was only trying to get the ball."

Moyes was also unhappy at Mancini for waving imaginary yellow cards at the referee everytime one of his players were fouled.

The Italian did not know he was doing anything wrong in making the gesture and has vowed to stop doing it.

Asked about waving for yellow cards, he said: "Probably it can happen sometimes, I don't know. Next time I don't do it."

Mancini was left frustrated as he saw his side fail to move into fourth spot and he felt his side did not deserve to lose the game.


"I am frustrated for the players, as for me they play a good game," he said.

"It can happen sometimes, you cannot score a goal sometimes it is impossible and this night it was impossible.

"It was a difficult game because Everton is a good squad, but we didnt deserve to lose this game.

"I am frustrated for the supporters, for the players, but this is football."

Despite the defeat - their first at Eastlands this season - Mancini is confident they can go on to clinch fourth spot.

"I think we are a good team and if we believe in ourselves we can get the fourth place."

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