Mancini and Gerrard in tunnel bust up

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard were involved in an ugly tunnel bust up after the latter’s side had a 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final first leg win last night.

Mancini felt Glen Johnson’s tackle on Joleon Lescott should have been punished as it was two-footed. He claimed it was worse than the challenge that saw Vincent Kompany sent off in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

However, Gerrard disagreed and let the City boss know how he felt.

“Gerrard came to me and said I said something,” said the Italian, who clashed twice with the English international.

“Steven Gerrard can say what he wants. I said what I think. That is what I am used to doing. It is not important what Gerrard or the other players have said.”

“I said something [after the tackle]. It was not for Johnson. It is for the tackle. This tackle was worse than Vinny’s [Kompany’s]. Everyone can see it.”

When asked if he agreed with Mancini’s view on Johnson’s challenge on Lescott, Gerrard told BBC Sport: “I don’t think so. It was a clear winner of a tackle.”

Gerrard then claimed that Mancini was guilty of hypocrisy.

“He was talking about Wayne Rooney trying to get his player [Kompany] sent off and now he’s trying to get one of ours into trouble. I don’t think that works.”

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