UEFA has charged Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini with misconduct over his comments after the Champions League loss to Barcelona.
Pellegrini was fiercely critical of Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson after the 2-0 defeat at the Etihad, claiming he was “not impartial to both teams”.
He apologised for the comments in his news conference on Friday.
But UEFA has charged him and the case will be dealt with by a disciplinary body on 28 February.
A UEFA statement said: “Following an investigation by the UEFA disciplinary inspector, UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manuel Luis Pellegrini concerning the press interviews given to media after the above-mentioned match.
“The Manchester City head coach is charged for violation of the general principles of conduct.”
Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini as Manchester City manager in June last year and guided the club to five wins out of six in the group stages of this season’s Champions League, including a 3-2 win at Bayern Munich, as City reached the last 16 for the first time.