Roberto Mancini: 'Rules aren't the same for everyone'

Mancini: 'Rules aren't the same for everyone'
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Man City boss Roberto Mancini does not believe that the same rules apply to every Premier League team, hinting that Man United get preferential treatment from officials.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted that rivals Manchester United are treated differently by Premier League referees.

Ashley Young has recently been awarded two penalties for the Red Devils despite appearing to dive to gain the spot kicks, while City's Carlos Tevez was booked for simulation for a similar offence.

"After some of the situations I saw in the last three or four weeks, I think it is really difficult for us. The rules are not the same for everyone," said Mancini.

Patrick Vieira, who is currently Football Development Executive at City, previously stated his belief that Manchester United are given preferential treatment by officials, but Mancini refused to state the same opinion so openly.

"I am not saying this, I don't want to say this. I said the rules, maybe sometimes, are different," he added.

"When I was in Italy I always thought here there were the best referees. My idea has changed, probably."

City are currently five points behind their neighbours in the table.

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