Manchester City manager
A 2-2 semi-final, second-leg draw with Liverpool condemned City to elimination as the Reds progressed to a Wembley meeting with Championship outfit Cardiff City on 26
But, on a day when City was forced to accept a four-match ban for Mario Balotelli which Mancini is convinced should not have been levied, the Italian also felt his side had been wronged by two major mistakes from referee
First Mancini felt Dowd should have awarded a penalty for
"It hit his leg before his arm," said Mancini, before addressing Dowd's clear indication that Richards had made the initial block with his arms raised.
"He could cut his arm off.
"It is my opinion. I didn't think it was a penalty."
Conversely, he felt Adam should have been punished.
"If you watch the game, it was a penalty on Dzeko by Adam."
All this, and Balotelli as well.
Mancini feels referee
"I hope tomorrow they can change tonight's result because they decided about Mario after the game," said Mancini.
"The referee was there. He saw everything.
"If he felt it was correct, he should send him off during the game, not after."
Earlier, FA chairman
Evidently, that cut little ice with Mancini.
"Everyone watched the game," he said.
"The referee was there, 10 metres from the tackle. He could have sent Mario off at that moment, not after the game because he watched the video.
"That is easy. I can be a referee in the next game."
Mancini added the alternative was the widespread use of video technology, which has been consistently vetoed by world governing body FIFA.
"He (Webb) can't say he didn't see it. He saw everything," said Mancini.
"Now it is finished and Mario can do nothing. We lost
Nevertheless, even after
That the goal was cancelled out by what turned out to be a decisive strike from
"What do you want me to say to that?" said Mancini, when asked if the downturn in his personal relationship with Bellamy made the outcome of this encounter worse.
"I am disappointed because I didn't get to the final. What changes if Bellamy scores, or Gerrard or (
"I am happy with the players I have got. Bellamy scored. I am also happy for him."
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