London - Manuel Pellegrini berated referee Mark Clattenburg and said his
performance cost Manchester City victory after a breathless 2-2 draw
against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
was frustrated by Clattenburg's failure to detect an apparent foul on
Sergio Aguero shortly before Jack Wilshere's equaliser and also believed
the official was at fault for not awarding a free kick when Danny
Welbeck pushed Vincent Kompany in the build up to Alexis Sanchez's goal.
scored both goals with fouls. They were illegal goals and of course it
cost us our victory," said Pellegrini, whose champions were anxious to
hit back after a shock defeat by Stoke City before the international
"I'm disappointed because they were two clear fouls. The
first goal was unbelievable that it continued and the referee didn't
want to whistle.
"The second foul was a clear push from Welbeck to
Kompany once he'd cleared the ball with the header. He had no intention
to play the ball."
Pellegrini's gripes did not end there.
He said City should have had a penalty when they led 1-0 after Wilshere appeared to handle the ball in his own area.
was a clear penalty when both hands of Wilshere touched the ball in the
box in front of the linesman," the 60-year-old added.
think this penalty was more clear than last year with Skrtel at
Liverpool," he said in reference to last season's 3-2 loss at Anfield
when Clattenburg failed to award a similar penalty when the defender
handled the ball.
"He (the referee) had a very bad day last year against Liverpool and again today he had a very bad day."
Chilean has been in trouble before for criticising officials, most
notably following last season's Champions league loss against Barcelona.
then accused Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson of favouring the Spanish
giants - an outburst which resulted in a three-match UEFA ban and a
misconduct charge - and he could face further punishment again following
his latest comments.
After Aguero gave City a first-half lead,
Arsenal fired back with classy goals from man-of-the-match Wilshere and
Sanchez before Martin Demichelis rescued a late goal for the visitors
with a looping header.
A fiery and committed Wilshere was the
architect for Arsenal's second-half revival and manager Arsene Wenger
said the 22-year-old was beginning to fulfil his burgeoning potential
after some injury-plagued years.
"He is coming back, physically,
to his level where he can be," Wenger said. "Unfortunately it takes time
to find that little fraction of a second where you feel you can make a
difference in the modern game and get away from people and win the ball.
"It looks like today was the first time he found it on a consistent level through the 90 minutes."