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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes accused referee Steve
Bennett of being deceived by a 'theatrical dive' during his side's 2-1 defeat
at Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
Hughes was angry after Bennett awarded the home side a 34th
minute spot-kick after Wilson Palacios crashed to the floor when challenged by
Javier Garrido as he chased Emile Heskey's ball into the box.
The scores were level at 1-1 at the time, but Amr Zaki
converted the penalty to inflict a third defeat of the new Premier League
season on the big-spending Citizens.
disappointed because we feel the referee has played an outcome in the result of
the game," claimed Hughes.
"There were a
number of key decisions which we felt he got incorrectly and, once Wigan got in
front, they were difficult to break down.
"The two goals we
conceded today were an outstanding strike from their player for the first one
and penalty which we felt was really harsh.
"Their player had
looked to gain an advantage and dived theatrically.
"I thought initially maybe the referee had given it because he was
in a poor position but he wasn't so he feels he was right to give that