- Man Utd and Man City players involved in altercation after derby on Sunday
- Mourinho was hit my milk carton during melee, as per report
- Guardiola defends his players and his own actions during bust-up
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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has responded as the controversy after the Manchester derby on Sunday continues to rumble on.
The Spaniard’s side won the game 2-1 to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points, and so on that front, they would have been delighted.
However, tempers seemingly boiled over after the game in the tunnel and beyond, as the FA have asked both clubs to provide their side of the story over what happened by 6pm on Wednesday.
Guardiola is adamant that his players have done nothing wrong though, as he responded to the situation during his pre-match conference on Tuesday afternoon ahead of facing Swansea City.
The City boss argued that he told his players to celebrate in their dressing room, which they did, as seen in the tweet below, but somehow the situation managed to spiral out of control and resulted in reports of a 20-man brawl with Jose Mourinho hit by a milk carton and Mikel Arteta suffering a cut to his head, as detailed by The Daily Mail.
While the FA will hope to have a more complete picture of the matter later this week, it doesn’t sound as straight-forward as Guardiola’s explanation as that’s a lot to happen if his players merely stuck to the dressing room.
It remains to be seen what disciplinary action is handed out by the governing body, if any, but as far as Guardiola is concerned, City celebrated a derby win and didn’t over-step the mark. It seems Mourinho may well have disagreed with him, thus leading to the bust-up as players got involved and it sparked off something much bigger.
Pep adamant @ManCity celebrations were “correct”. Told them to celebrate inside the dressing room, which they did. Says they will tell FA what happened and that is it.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) December 12, 2017