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Mourinho escapes with FA warning after pre-derby comments

Hug it out: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola embrace after the derby
Hug it out: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola embrace after the derby

By Matt Slater

Jose Mourinho will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association for his comments before the recent Manchester derby but has once more been warned about his future behaviour.

The FA did not specify which pre-match remarks they were investigating but they are understood to have been concerned by the Manchester United manager’s suggestion that City players make “tactical fouls” to break up opponent’s attacks.

The game, which City won at Old Trafford 2-1, took place on December 10, but Mourinho was not asked to explain himself until last Thursday, with a deadline of this Monday for his observations.

In a statement, the FA said they had decided to take “no formal action” after reviewing evidence provided by the club but “reminded Jose Mourinho any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action”.

Earlier yesterday, it was also revealed that no action would be taken against the clubs for the altercation after the match.

City’s celebrations are alleged to have sparked a row involving several players and staff from both teams in the corridor outside the dressing rooms. It is understood milk and water were thrown in Mourinho’s direction.

But the FA said the matter was closed “following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses”.

With no obvious culprits, video footage of the incident or police interest in the matter, it was always unlikely that the FA would be able to shed much light on what happened.

When asked about it last week, Mourinho said: “The only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity — diversity in behaviours, in education.”

Guardiola, however, responded: “Our intentions were to celebrate, inside the locker room, our happiness because we were happy. If the people cannot understand that then I’m sorry.”

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