Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was furious with referee Phil Dowd after his side crashed out of the Carling Cup following their double penalty heartbreak at Anfield.

Dowd's refusal to give City a penalty when Edin Dzeko was tripped by Charlie Adam was compounded by the award of a spot kick at the other end, when Micah Richards was adjudged to have handled Daniel Agger's shot.

Former player Craig Bellamy eventually settled the tie 16 minutes from time to send Liverpool through to the final where they'll meet Cardiff City, leaving Mancini disappointed with the performance of Dowd.

“With their penalty, it hit his leg before his arm," Mancini said. "Maybe he could cut his arm off!

“Phil Dowd is one of the best referees in England. It is my opinion that I didn’t think it was a penalty. You know it was not a penalty.

Italian forward Mario Balotelli was charged with violent conduct following the win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, after referee on the day Howard Webb decided against penalising the Italian.

Mancini hopes the Football Association can overturn the decisions from Wednesday evening in similar fashion to how they altered the punishment for Balotelli.

“I hope tomorrow they can change the result for tonight,” Mancini added. “With Mario they decided after the game. The referee was there, he saw everything.

“If it was correct, send him off during the game, not after. Maybe tomorrow they will change this result.”

Balotelli served the first game of his four-match suspension against Liverpool, and will miss next week's trip to Everton, the home game with Fulham and the visit to Aston Villa.

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