Manchester City manager faces media in David Platt mask

Manchester City's manager left reporters speechless after walking into a press conference wearing a David Platt mask. The stunt by Roberto Mancini was met with laughter by the waiting media. It was his way of joking with journalists after fiery exchanges last week.

Mancini was irritated by questions before and after his side's Champions League draw with Ajax 10 days ago and then did not turn up to pre or post-match press conferences for last weekend's clash with Tottenham. On those occasions first-team coach Platt spoke on his behalf.

Today he asked: "Do you prefer David or me?".