Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Mancini hits back over Fergie penalty jibe



Opposing managers Roberto Mancini and Alex Ferguson have started sparring well before Sunday's Manchester derby after an exchange of barbs about penalties.

In Friday's pre-match press conference, Manchester United manager Ferguson suggested there would have been "an inquiry in the House of Commons" if his club had been awarded as many spot-kicks as Manchester City in recent years.

However, while City have won 21 penalties since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, United have been awarded exactly the same amount.

And when Mancini was informed of Ferguson's comments, he retorted with a jibe about United winger Ashley Young, who was criticised for a succession of penalty-winning dives in April last season.

"I remember very well last year, when Young, swimming in the..." said the Italian, breaking off his sentence to mimic the pose of a diver on the top board.

"I think (City have won penalties) four or five times in the last 10 games, and then (Ferguson) didn't say anything, but this can happen."

Asked if he believed Ferguson was trying to stir things up ahead of Sunday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Mancini replied: "Probably. Fergie is clever for this.

He added, in an ironic tone: "I think in the last 15 years there have been some penalties for them. Not a lot, but two or three in the last 15 years."

United currently enjoy a three-point advantage over defending champions City at the top of the Premier League table.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Mata can't replace Rooney
Manchester United started the first of three crucial Premier League games against West Brom (away),...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Rodgers must focus on the league
Many footballers arriving in the Barclays Premier League have been warned of second-season syndrome.

Sunday Oliseh
Dortmund's winning formula is killing it
I sat in Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund over-run Arsenal and wondered, how long will it take...

John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...

Neil Tovey
Backing Coetzee for Bafana
After three Afcon 2015 qualifiers, Bafana Bafana deserve credit for keeping as many clean sheets...