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Pellegrini gets touchline ban

Manuel Pellegrini Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been handed an immediate two-match touchline ban by UEFA for comments about referee Jonas Eriksson after City's Champions League loss to Barcelona last week. A further one-match ban will be suspended for two years.

Video: Manuel Pellegrini speaks ahead of Manchester City's FA Cup tie with Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini feels his side's unexpected midweek night off has helped them in the short-term - but fears they could pay later.

City's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland on Wednesday was postponed due to severe weather in the north west.

That has allowed Pellegrini to keep players fresh ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Chelsea:-

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