Mancini disappointed by Rooney ban

BY foxsports • April 7, 2011

Rooney's two-match ban for swearing into a TV camera after completing his hat-trick for Manchester United at West Ham last weekend has been upheld, meaning he will not be available for the Wembley derby. The Italian believes it is better if top players are available, especially in big games. He said: "I am disappointed because when we play a game like this it is important all the best players play. "Should the FA punish players in this way? I do not know. I think the managers and players here have a lot of respect for the referee and the FA." Mancini has also leapt to the defence of Gareth Barry after he was criticised by Joey Barton. Barry was rested on Sunday in the victory against Sunderland after wearing the skipper's armband for England in the draw with Ghana the previous week. Despite winning that honour the midfielder has been ridiculed by Newcastle midfielder Barton, who described Barry in a French football magazine as "a teacher's pet." Mancini believes Barton has little to shout about and said: "Joey Barton is a good player but Gareth Barry is a fantastic player. "I can say only this. It is a situation that is not important to me." Barry will be back in contention on Monday when they face Liverpool at Anfield along with James Milner, Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta. Mancini is still leaving the door ajar for Emmanuel Adebayor to return to Eastlands next season following his loan spell at Real Madrid. Adebayor has settled in quickly in Spain and scored twice in the 4-0 Champions league quarter-final first-leg defeat of Tottenham in midweek. Mancini said: "I am happy for him and that he scored two goals. I hope he can continue to score. "He is a good player. At the end of the season we will see what happens to him." City will again be without Micah Richards (hamstring) and Jerome Boateng (knee) for the trip to Liverpool.


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