Roberto Mancini insisted Glen Johnson's tackle on Joleon Lescott during Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final was worse than the one that landed Vincent Kompany with his four-match ban.

The Manchester City manager clashed angrily with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard after the 1-0 Carling Cup defeat. Still fuming at Kompany's appeal being turned down yesterday, Mancini feels there was a clear lack of consistency in Johnson not even getting booked for his two-footed challenge.

"It was worse," he said. "This tackle was worse. Gerrard came to me and said I said something. It was not for Johnson. It is for the tackle. This tackle was worse than Vinny's. Everyone can see it."

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