Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has defended manager Roberto Mancini following the Italian's midweek outburst.

Mancini went onto the pitch to confront referee Peter Rasmussen after City's frustrating and damaging 2-2 Champions League draw with Ajax at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. City striker Sergio Aguero had a goal ruled out for offside in the 88th minute and Mario Balotelli was denied an injury-time penalty as Rasmussen blew the final whistle.

First-team coach Platt said: "Why wouldn't the manager of a football club be frustrated? Why wouldn't we all be frustrated? Players are frustrated, supporters are frustrated, staff are frustrated."

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