Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini apologized for brandishing an imaginary card at the referee after Martin Skrtel had brought down Yaya Toure in the box late on in Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Referee Mike Jones had dismissed City midfielder Gareth Barry moments earlier for a second bookable offense at the City of Manchester Stadium.
And the Italian was clearly trying to get Jones to even up the score as he waved an imaginary card frantically on the touchline after he had awarded the penalty.
However, the City chief was quick to try and draw a line under the incident after the game.
"In the moment I did what I did but I was not happy with the referee," he told Sky Sports. "When you play, during the game sometimes you can do something in the game that you regret, but in that moment I did not agree with the referee."
City had stuttered of late but the 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and James Milner saw them move three points clear of second placed Manchester United.
However, when it was suggested the result sent out a message that they are back to their best, Mancini insisted he just wants them to keep focusing on their own results.
"I think we that we should concentrate on ourselves and not about sending out messages," he added. "For us, it’s important to try and win every game because we know if we want to win the Barclays Premier League we have to be very, very strong because we play against teams like Liverpool, United and Tottenham."