Mick McCarthy unimpressed by Roberto Mancini card gesture

Wolves boss criticises Manchester City manager for his gesture encouraging the dismissal of a Wigan player on Monday

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Mick McCarthy has urged Roberto Mancini to curb his unsporting behaviour after the Manchester City boss sparked controversy by calling for the referee to send off a Wigan player by waving in imaginary card on the touchline during his side’s 1-0 win at the DW Stadium on Monday.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers manager was left unimpressed by his Manchester City counterpart’s actions after the 47-year-old Italian furiously called for Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa to be sent off in the second half for a deliberate handball on the halfway line, with Sergio Aguero ready to race through on goal.

“None of us should do it,” said McCarthy at a news conference on Tuesday. “It is something I don’t like. “There is a cultural difference [but] Roberto is in this country now.

“It is a little blip on a really good career for him at Man City because he handles himself with such good dignity and grace.

“He has done it. I wouldn’t expect him to do it to one of my players or anyone else for that matter. I don’t think anyone should do it. It is wrong. It looks bad and I’m sure if it is pointed out Roberto won’t do it again.”

Mancini defended his actions after the game and pointed to the example of Wayne Rooney in City’s FA Cup third-round defeat by Manchester United.

“I did [the waving of an imaginary card] because Rooney did this, but this was normal when there is one chance like today,” he said. “I am on the bench. It’s different from a player who is near the referee. From the bench it’s what you think at the moment, but the referee doesn’t see you on the bench.”

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