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UEFA: No mistaken ID by ref in Man City match

November 6, 2014

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says Greek referee Tasos Sidiropoulos did not show a yellow card to the wrong CSKA Moscow player in Wednesday’s Champions League game against Manchester City.

Reports of CSKA’s 2-1 win suggested Sidiropoulos should have sent off Pontus Wernbloom by showing the Sweden defender a second yellow card for his 77th-minute foul on City forward Sergio Aguero.

Instead, Sergei Ignashevich was booked in what was widely reported — including by Man City’s official website — as a case of mistaken identity.

UEFA says Sidiropoulos explained in his written match report that Ignashevich was given a yellow card for dissent, and he did not think Wernbloom’s foul merited a second yellow.

The referee, in his first season at Champions League group-stage level, also sent off two Man City players.

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