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FA give Mancini until Friday to explain ref remarks

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has until Friday afternoon to explain his criticism of referee Kevin Friend following their Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland. The Football Association wrote to Mancini following his claim that "maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas", as Friend missed what Mancini felt was a clear foul on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner.

Due to a busy festive period, the judicial panel granted Mancini's request for an extension and it is thought the Italian is facing either a warning or fine for his reaction.

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