Gary Neville’s Reaction On Touchline Brawl Between Mourinho And Sarri’s Assistant

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Gary Neville has had his say on Jose Mourinho’s reaction to being provoked by the celebration of Chelsea coach Marco Ianni. 

The Blues’ camp celebrated ecstatically when Ross Barkley scored a last-minute equalizer against Manchester United to level the scores 2-2, with Ianni running down the touchline and goading Mourinho and the rest of the Red Devils’ bench.

The Portuguese tactician did not take to these actions too kindly, and reacted furiously, to the extent where he had to be held back by the stewards as well as the members of his own staff.

The incident was later sorted out by Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri, with the latter apologising and promising that the actions of his assistant will be dealt with internally.

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Now, former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has revealed his own assessment of the entire scuffle.

“For me, over-enthusiastic celebrations are a part of the game, but I also think that if you’re on the end of it, you should be able to react,” said Neville. “We can sit here and say it’s ridiculous that these managers react, but what you saw at the end was raw emotion.

“I could sit here with a halo above my head and say ‘it’s terrible for the people to see at home, it’s not what we want to see representing the game’ or I could actually say ‘I’ve been there, I’ve done it, I’ve been on the receiving end of it.’

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“You cannot control your emotions and that’s why we love this game because we want to see moments like that. For me, Jose Mourinho’s reaction was something I would expect and also something I would expect from the Chelsea bench.

“It was a big moment for the Chelsea team, fans and staff so they’re entitled to over celebrate, you always do with a last minute goal. Jose Mourinho actually came onto the scene at Old Trafford sliding down the touchline.

“My view is I would like to see it more if it was my team celebrating, but I love to see that emotion in football where you see people just lose it – not in a violent way – but in an emotional way.”

Do you agree with the decorated English full-back?