Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following the Manchester United melee. Passions spilt over in front of the Stamford Bridge tunnel after Ross Barkley’s stoppage-time strike at Stamford Bridge on Saturday saw Maurizio Sarri’s Blues snatch a 2-2 draw.
Jose Mourinho was incensed by the way assistant coach Marco Ianni celebrated the goal in front of the United bench, leading the former Chelsea boss to dart off his seat and a melee to ensue.
The United manager received an apology from both Ianni and opposite number Sarri and said he considers the matter closed, but the FA has now opened disciplinary proceedings.
The governing body said in a statement: “Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged following the game against Manchester United on Saturday.
“It is alleged that his behaviour in the 96th minute constituted improper conduct. He has until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018 to respond to the charge.
“In relation to this incident, Jose Mourinho has been formally reminded of his responsibilities whilst both clubs have received similar official reminders in terms of the behaviour expected of their staff and players at all times whilst in the technical area.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho launched an unexpected defence of Ianni ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus after England Women manager Phil Neville called for the “absolutely disgraceful” behaviour to see the Italian sacked.
“I want to thank Sarri for his honesty,” Mourinho said. “I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty too. But I’m not happy that it’s going too far with the young boy. I don’t think he deserves more than what he got.
“He apologised to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance.”