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Pellegrini handed two game European ban

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Laurence Griffiths

No surprise that after being charged Manuel Pellegrini . I was at the press conference following the defeat to Barcelona and as I wrote at the time it was such a surprising thing to witness; very un-Pellegrini like and not particularly something that had a great deal of justification.

Confirming the decision, UEFA stated:

"UEFA's control and disciplinary body has suspended Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini for three UEFA competition matches, one of which is under probation for two years.

"The sanction is due to the coach's press statements and violation of the general principles of conduct under Article 11 of the 2013 UEFA disciplinary regulations (DR) at the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg between Manchester City and FC Barcelona on February 18 in England."

Pellegrini did seek contrition of sorts with his later comments but he will now be banned for the return leg in Spain in addition City's next European outing, either in the quarter-final this season or the opening game of the next years competition.

He will now not be permitted in the tunnel, dressing room or technical area before or during the game. He will be allowed to watch from the stands but must not communicate directly or indirectly with any player or member of his technical staff.

Pellegrini does have the right to appeal the decision.