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Manchester City 1-2 Spurs: Pellgerini Fumes About the Officials

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Manchester City's title hopes are on life support as the Blues fell four points out of third place (the final automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot) and remained six points from top after a late defeat to Spurs. Blues Manager Manuel Pellegrini wasn't pleased with the Mark Clattenberg's officiating display and the controversial penalty call that went again Raheem Sterling.


"I think more important than my view of the penalty is that everyone saw what happened," Pellegrini said.

"Unfortunately for us it's the same referee as the defeat to Spurs away in the earlier round when two clear offside goals were given against us.

"I don't want to just talk about decisions. We made a mistake for the second goal also but that moment when the referee gave the penalty was a very important moment as we were playing well and had control.

"I don't think it's a good decision to have the same referee for both rounds."