Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says that the bigger the club the more preferential the treatment they receive.
The Italian boss, whose City side take on Aston Villa in tonight’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Eastlands, has told match official Mark Clattenburg that he made a mistake in his dealing of the situation involving Wayne Rooney at the weekend, when the Manchester United striker appeared to deliberately elbow the Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy, during United’s 4-0 win at the DW Stadium.
Clattenburg said in his match report that he had seen the incident, but that it was no more than a ‘coming together’ which saw the FA take no action against Rooney.
However Mancini – who having been a former manager in Italy with Internazionale will know all about big clubs receiving favourable treatment following the 2006 Calciopoli scandal – believes that bigger clubs receiving advantageous treatment is “normal.”
“For me it was [Rooney’s] fault and I’m surprised at this,” Mancini said.
“The referee was there – This happens in every country, it’s normal.
“The big club usually has different treatment. For me it was a red card, the same as everyone.”
The Italian, who was furious with his side after a lacklustre draw with Fulham on Sunday, when Damien Duff equalised Mario Balotelli’s fine first-half strike, is looking for his side to finish the season strongly in three competitions – the Europa League, the FA Cup and the Premier League – as he looks to bring silverware and the Champions League to the City of Manchester Stadium.
“I don’t want to sacrifice [any]thing, we can take this situation” added Mancini.
“We should play 100 per cent and try to win and then deal with the other games.
“At this moment I think we can win the FA Cup or Europa League and arrive in fourth position. This is our target.”