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Manchester City assistant boss David Platt defends Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City manager frustrated after midweek draw with Ajax

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Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has defended manager Roberto Mancini following the Italian's outburst on Tuesday.

Mancini confronted referee Peter Rasmussen on the pitch after City's 2-2 Champions League draw with Ajax at the Etihad Stadium.

City striker Sergio Aguero had a goal ruled out for offside in the 88th minute and Mario Balotelli was denied an injury-time penalty as Rasmussen blew the final whistle.

Mancini also clashed with a cameraman who filmed him at close proximity as he walked across the pitch but later said he had only been telling him to stop recording.

Platt said: "Why wouldn't the manager of a football club be frustrated? Why wouldn't we all be frustrated?

"Players are frustrated, supporters are frustrated, staff are frustrated.

"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."