Man City and Man United will escape actions over tunnel incident

December 22 — Manchester United and Manchester City will face no action from the Football Association over an incident that took place in the tunnel after the derby on 10 December.

Reports indicated that the tunnel incident arose after what United viewed as an excessive celebration following City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford, which sent them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

After City’s players celebrated in front of their fans after the final whistle, the players headed down the tunnel, where it is understood that United boss Jose Mourinho made his feelings known outside the visitors’ dressing room 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 splattered but a member of his staff was.

City’s Brazil goalkeeper Ederson and Mourinho exchanged angry words in Portuguese — but Mourinho carried out his post-match media engagements as normal and made no mention of the row.

City coach Mike Arteta was left with a cut after he was hit by a plastic drinks bottle, but it is not known who threw it and sources from both clubs said no punches were thrown.

The FA said it considered evidence from “clubs and independent eyewitnesses” before concluding that no action needs to be taken against both sides.

While Mourinho will also not face action from the FA over his pre-match critics and questioning over the aspects match officiating, the FA reminded the Portuguese that any further public comments regarding such issues may result in disciplinary action.

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