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Manuel Pellegrini: Uefa ban excessive

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Manuel Pellegrini has bemoaned his two match UEFA touchline ban as 'excessive', reports Sky Sports.

The Manchester City boss was handed the ban after criticising referee Jonas Eriksson after City's 2-0 loss in the Champions League against Barcelona.

The Chilean accused the Swedish referee of not being impartial in a match where Barcelona were awarded a penalty and City defender Martin Demichelis was sent off. The manager has been handed a two match touchline ban with a further game suspended.

Speaking to reporters, the City boss said: "I don't think I deserve three games or two games. I said two days after in my press conference that I was wrong in the way I did it but I continue saying that it was not a penalty and that it decided the game, in a bad day (for the referee).

Although disappointed with the decision, the City boss has realised he must now accept the ban and move on.

"But I don't want to continue and if they decide that is the punishment for me, I will see what I am going to do in future."

Demichelis brought down Lionel Messi which resulted in the spot-kick, but upon further inspection the defender made the challenge outside of the box, much to Pellegrini's frustration.

Messi scored the resulting penalty and Barcelona cruised to a 2-0 win at the Etihad stadium. The teams will meet again on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp where City must cancel out the two goal advantage to have a chance of progressing to the quarter finals.

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