The FA has said Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and Manchester City will not be facing any action over the incident that took place in the tunnel after the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on 10th of December
Staffs of both clubs had their fair share of the post match brawl as United boss Jose Mourinho had water and milk thrown at him while City assistant coach Mikel Arteta suffered a head cut.
The FA has said evidence gotten from clubs and eyewitnesses were put into consideration while concluding on the matter
The Football Association will also take no further action on Mourinho over his pre-match comments after he was asked to clarify comments made before the game, however, the FA has reiterated its warning to the former Real Madrid manager, that any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action
In his pre-match news conference on the Friday before the game, Mourinho said the referee needed to be aware of City’s “tactical fouling”.
The 54-year-old suggested City players go to ground easily, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”
He added that he did not think he would be allowed to make a political statement on the touchline like Guardiola, who has recently worn a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia.
The tunnel incident was said to have been triggered by what United saw as a celebration from the City players that was more than normal following City’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, which increase their lead to 11 point at the top of the table.
City players headed down the tunnel into the dressing room to continue the celebration they made earlier in front of their fans, it is understood that Mourinho made his feelings known outside the visitors’ dressing room reacting to what he viewed as excessive celebration as he made his way to post-match interviews.
A one-pint milk carton – which had been in the City dressing room for tea and coffee – was thrown at Mourinho. The United manager did not get disgruntled but a section of his staffs and players were
City’s Brazil goalkeeper Ederson and Mourinho was then said to have exchanged angry words in Portuguese – but Mourinho carried out his post-match media engagements afterwards without mentioning anything close to the brawl on his way.
Mikel Arteta was left with a head cut after he was hit by a plastic drink bottle following reaction from the united section, but it is not known who threw it and sources from both clubs said no punches were thrown.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reacted to the incident saying he was sorry if his side’s celebrations had offended Manchester United, but that his players “have to enjoy those moments.
“If we offended United – not just one player, not Jose – Manchester United, then I apologise,” the Spaniard said.
“We have to enjoy those moments. If the people cannot understand that then I’m sorry. We won a derby.
“If we were not correct then I apologize to all of Manchester United. Our intentions was not that. It was to celebrate inside the locker room.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho’s said the incident was “a question of diversity in behavior, diversity in education”.
This will serve as a mind cooling news for both clubs as they head into the weekend for games against Bournemouth for City at the etihad and Leicester city against United at the King Power stadium.