Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed his side have been on the end of poor refereeing decisions due to tiredness.
The Citizens boss made the astonishing claim when talking about the decisions that have gone against the Etihad Stadium side in recent weeks.
“I think playing a lot of games is also difficult for them [referees],” Mancini is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“The refs sometimes are tired - to play every two or three days is difficult for the players, and for the referee.
“The referee is like me, like the players. They can be tired sometimes.”
The Italian is referring to a number of calls, but the most recent is the penalty given by Phil Dowd in the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Reds defender Daniel Agger hit a shot from the edge of the area that was blocked by Micah Richards, but deflected up off of his foot to hit his arm.
The red card given to Vincent Kompany for a tackle on Manchetser United’s Nani at the beginning of the month was another the Citizens felt aggrieved over.
The City staff also declined to appeal the retrospective four-game ban handed out to Mario Balotelli, saying they thought it would be a futile act.
Balotelli was given the suspension after appearing to stamp on Tottenham Hotspurs’ Scott Parker in the Blues win at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday.