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Platt defends Mancini outburst

Manchester City assistant David Platt has defended Roberto Mancini following his furious reaction to Tuesday’s draw with Ajax.

City manager Mancini reacted angrily to his side having a goal disallowed and being denied a late penalty in the Champions League clash with the Dutch champions and confronted officials after the full-time whistle.

But Platt believes Mancini was right to express his frustration and suggested he would have been more judgemental of the Italian had he not reacted at all.

“Why wouldn’t the manager of a football club be frustrated?” Platt said to reporters.

“Why wouldn’t we all be frustrated? Players are frustrated, supporters are frustrated, staff are frustrated.”

After approaching the referee, Mancini was also shown to break into argument with a cameraman, but Platt has played down the incident and believes there is no need for such media scrutiny.

He continued: “Robbie has gone onto the pitch and spoken to the referee. As he comes back, he turns around and has a camera in front of his face for 30 yards.

“He turns around and says, in English, that basically it is enough now.

“People then want to start talking about what has happened and almost exaggerating the incident.”

Fri 9 November, 2012
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