Sergio Busquets (Barcelona midfielder) called the Manchester City football club losers after Manuel Pellegrini (manager of Manchester City) blamed Jonas Eriksson (Swedish referee) for the defeat that Manchester City had to face in a match against Barcelona on the 19th of February, 2014.
Manuel Pellegrini doubted the honesty of Jonas Eriksson and suggested in his comments against the referee that the game between Manchester City and Barcelona was extremely significant for Eriksson because he was an official who belongs to Scotland.
Martin Demichelis (defender of Manchester City) was sent off the field by Eriksson and a penalty was awarded to Barcelona because of which Barcelona was able to score its first goal. It was due to this reason, that Manuel Pellegrini became absolutely angry and criticized Jonas Eriksson’s decision.
According to Sergio Busquets, mistakes are committed by the referees many times. Sometimes the mistakes might benefit you or harm you. But putting forward excuses just because the team lost a match is common phenomenon among the losers.
Pellegrini has come under the radar of UEFA which is carrying out an investigation to evaluate the press conferences, in which Pellegrini has participated after the match took place on the 19th of February, 2014. On the basis of the investigation, disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against Pellegrini.
In the opinion of Manuel Pellegrini, Jonas Eriksson was impartial and a Swedish referee should not have been appointed for such a significant football match. He thinks that a more experienced referee should have been selected for the match.
Vice-President of FIFA- Jim Boyce said that he had seen the match between Barcelona and Manchester City and he thought that the referee did very well. According to Boyce, Eriksson is a knowledgeable and an impartial referee because of which he has been selected for umpiring the World Cup matches as well.