Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has apologised for his comments about referee Jonas Eriksson who was in charge of this week match against Barcelona.
Pellegrini had accused the Swede of bias towards the Spanish giants, whilst also remarking that a Swedish referee shouldn't have been in control of the big game.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's fixtures, Pellegrini explained his comments: "‘When you lose the game in the way we did you are angry and frustrated. Maybe I said something that I don’t think. I apologise for what I said. I want to clarify – I did not make any no accusation to anyone, not the referee, not UEFA, not anyone.
"I always say that referees have very difficult job because they must decide in a fraction of second and afterwards they are compared with eight TV cameras. It’s a very difficult profession and it’s not my way to act to criticise the referee.
"I didn’t day say that he’s a bad referee or not honest or that he can’t referee for UEFA. It wasn’t an offence to Sweden or the Swedish people."
Pellegrini will have to wait to see how harsh the punishment that UEFA will hand him will be.
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