Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has until Friday afternoon to comment on his criticism of referee Kevin Friend following their Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland. The Football Association wrote to Mancini following his claim that "maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas", as Friend missed what Mancini felt was a clear foul on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner. Due to a busy festive period, the judicial panel granted Mancini's request for an extension and it is thought the City boss is facing either a warning or fine for his reaction. While City have made their frustration known at the investigation as Sir Alex Ferguson escaped without punishment for his behaviour during Manchester United's win over Newcastle the same day, it has been pointed out by the FA that there are clear differences. Mancini delivered his assessment after the game and Friend was not present - unlike fellow referee Mike Dean, who described his own clash with Ferguson before the second half of United's 4-3 victory as 'cordial'. In addition, whilst Mancini's comments could be viewed as an amusing aside, they have called into question Friend's competence which the FA, at the very least, feel demands clarification. The Premier League sides have been strongly linked with a move for 28-year-old France international. Hoarau is one of a number of fringe players being allowed to leave PSG this month, and boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed during their winter training camp in Qatar that he could depart. "Hoarau is talking with another team, but there is nothing official," said Ancelotti. Whilst a move to England is being mentioned, it is also claimed that he could be set to seal a deal to China with Dalian Aerbin. The 25-year-old was released by the League One side last month and Allen has wasted little time snapping him up. Gregory has penned an 18-month deal at Priestfield and becomes the Kent club's second capture of the January transfer window after defender Leon Legge. Gregory started his career with Wycombe before dipping into non-league football and later returning with AFC Wimbledon, helping the Dons earn Football League status. The Cherries secured his services in the summer of 2011, but he found his first-team opportunities limited at Dean Court this season and spent three months back on loan at Kingsmeadow.
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