Pellegrini blasts ‘very bad day’ for referee

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blasted referee Mark Clattenburg for having a ‘very bad day’ in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

The champions were furious that Clattenburg failed to award them free-kicks in the build-up to both Arsenal goals, while Pellegrini also claimed his side should have been awarded a second-half penalty for a handball by Jack Wilshere.

“The referee had a very bad day,” Pellegrini said in his post-match press conference. “Both goals were clear fouls. There was a clear foul on Aguero for the first goal, then Welbeck on Kompany for the second, then there was a clear handball with Wilshere.

“It was the same with this referee last year when skrtel made a handball against liverpool.

“It’s always very difficult to play here against a very good team like Arsenal. It’s a good point when the referee didn’t want to blow the whistle.”

Pellegrini even claimed that he replaced goalscorer Sergio Aguero in the second-half because he was concerned that Clattenburg might show the Argentine a red card.

“I brought Sergio off because i thought the referee would send him off. He was on a yellow card. He was getting angry and the referee was having a bad day. He’s very strong but he kept getting kicked.”

City earned a point thanks to a late equaliser from Martin Demichelis. They had taken the lead hrough Aguero’s first-half strike before Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez struck to put Arsenal ahead in north London.