Bother broke out within the tunnel as ugly scenes marred Manchester Metropolis’s Champions League conquer Atletico Madrid on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Tempers had first flared within the closing levels of the match as Metropolis claimed a hard-fought goalless draw within the Spanish capital to succeed in the semi-finals with a 1-0 combination success.
The incident was sparked by a poor deal with from Felipe on Phil Foden and concerned various gamers, notably unused Metropolis substitute Jack Grealish and Stefan Savic, who appeared to drag the England worldwide’s hair whereas additionally directing a doable headbutt at Raheem Sterling.
Felipe – who caught Foden with a horrible problem to the pinnacle within the first half – was despatched off for his involvement however the rancour didn’t finish there.
TV footage confirmed issues persevering with within the tunnel after the gamers had left the sphere. Gamers wanted to be separated and objects have been thrown. Based on BT Sport, cops have been wanted to convey order.
Pep Guardiola was requested on BT Sport whether or not Atletico had “gone too far” on the night time, however the Manchester Metropolis supervisor replied: “Nothing to say”.
Pundits on the channel have been much less reserved, with Rio Ferdinand calling each Felipe and Savic “embarrassing” for his or her behaviour.
Owen Hargreaves and Joleon Lescott expressed shock that VAR had not alerted the referee to Savic’s actions within the melee.
“It’s not exhausting to see that when it’s your solely job to see that,” Lescott mentioned. “He’s head-butted somebody, he’s pulled somebody’s hair. Not within the house of 90 minutes however within the house of 90 seconds.
“I don’t perceive what VAR is there for if to not right that call.”
Hargreaves added: “Savic is delighted with the yellow card. He’s considering, ‘I’ll take that’. I feel the emotional management of the Metropolis gamers by way of the entire little bit of chaos was sensible.”
Ferdinand mentioned: “It’s important to commend the way in which Metropolis handled that state of affairs. It’s troublesome in these moments.
“Neglect the gang, these moments once you’re making an attempt to get to the top and also you’re being antagonised, you’ve obtained somebody in entrance of you poking, poking, poking you on a regular basis. They’ve managed to come back away with out anybody getting too concerned.
“We heard about one thing after the sport however the recreation is completed then. For Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling particularly – Phil is a younger boy and it’s a great expertise for him in some methods.”
Hargreaves credited Guardiola for the composure proven by Metropolis’s gamers.
“I feel it comes from Pep,” he mentioned. “I feel if it’s not Pep managing them somebody would have snapped however I’m certain he’s mentioned to them we can not afford to get a pink card. All of these gamers behaved.
“I feel if it was somebody in considered one of our groups they’d have bit again however Pep has informed all of them the wonderful particulars.”