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Gerrard slams Mancini claim

Steven Gerrard rejected Roberto Mancini's criticism of a tackle by Glen Johnson during Liverpool's Carling Cup semi-final first-leg win over Manchester City last night.

City boss Mancini, whose side were without captain Vincent Kompany who was banned after being sent off for a two-footed challenge on Nani in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, felt Johnson should have suffered similar punishment.

"I want to see the tackle by Johnson. I thought that was worse," he said.

After the FA Cup match, Mancini claimed that United's Wayne Rooney had tried to influence the Kompany sending-off.

And Gerrard said: "It surprises me because he had a go at Wayne Rooney. Now he has had a go at one of ours."

Irish Independent