Manchester United and Manchester City players were involved in an ugly tunnel fracas as tempers boiled over after the derby.
United manager Jose Mourinho had water squirted at him, was hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle and was also doused with milk from a flying carton as a melee ensued involving some 20 players and staff.
Mourinho demanded City players show ‘more respect’ as music blared out of their dressing room following their 2-1 victory.
He walked into the away dressing room and was confronted by City keeper Ederson. The two were involved in a heated exchange, squaring up and shouting at each other in Portuguese.
United players took after Mourinho into the hallway between changing areas, starting the encounters.
Witnesses said a few players attempted to swing punches while police looked on in dismay. City assistant Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiola’s collaborators, gotten a slice to the head which left him dying.
Spanish radio station Cadena SER have asserted that Arteta’s damage was caused by a container tossed by United striker Romelu Lukaku.
City feel Mourinho exceeded the limits by going into their changing area.
Twenty players and staff were engaged with the passage skirmish which will be named the new Water-door toward the finish of a crackling Manchester derby.
Observers were lurched at the emission that took after the last shriek. United believed City had commended excessively following their 2-1 win and celebrated with ‘lack of respect’.
United’s manager had water squirted at him, was soaked in drain and was hit on the head by an unfilled plastic container.
The Football Association can request CCTV film of the fight and are not bound by Michael Oliver’s authentic report on the off chance that they try to make a move against either club.
The FA will hope to decide certainties from the two sides and anticipate Oliver’s discoveries. Regardless of whether they wind up plainly included isn’t reliant on the official, nonetheless, and ought to be chosen later on Monday.
CCTV shots of the scene can be asked for from United after Mourinho strolled into the rambunctious City changing area to request ‘more regard’.
It might not have been Pizzagate from 2004, when United and Arsenal players scrapped and Sir Alex Ferguson was hit on the head by a slice thrown by Cesc Fabregas — but it wasn’t far off.
Mourinho had demanded City players show ‘more respect’ as music blared out of their dressing room.
The United boss was heading from his own players’ dressing room to do his post-match press conference when he walked into City’s domain to make his feelings known and was confronted by City goalkeeper Ederson.
The two were involved in a heated exchange and squared up, shouting at each other in Portuguese.
United’s players were enraged by the perceived gloating of City players and followed Mourinho into the corridor area between the dressing rooms, which sparked the skirmishes between players.
City, for their part, believed Mourinho, sore at losing, had overstepped the boundaries by entering their dressing room to voice his discontent and he was followed by his United players.