SARRI EXPLAINS WHAT HE DID AFTER TOUCHLINE FRACAS WITH MOURINHO

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Chelsea and Manchester United had it tough at Stamford Bridge, as both teams had to settle for a draw following a late Ross Barkley effort.

United were ahead 2-1 and were close to getting a victory, but Barkley scored deep in stoppage time to earn a point for Chelsea.

A melee erupted after Barkley’s late equaliser as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant coach Marco Ianni incensed Mourinho when he celebrated in his face following the equaliser. This led to a fracas on the touchline, and Maurizio Sarri admitted after the game that he did not see the incident until afterwards and said Ianni had reacted in the ‘wrong way’.

“After the match I spoke with Jose and immediately I have understood that we were wrong,” said Sarri.

“I have spoken immediately with the member of staff and I brought him with me to speak to Mourinho to say sorry.

“I think that now everything is finished. We made a mistake and we were on the wrong way of the situation.”

Mourinho also insisted after the game that the matter has been resolved, revealing that Sarri and his assistant came afterwards to apologise.

He said: “I’m not annoyed with anything. What happened with Sarri’s assistant and Sarri was the first person to come to me and say he would resolve the problem internally with him.

“After that the assistant came to my office and apologised to me. I immediately accept the apology if he means it. I said forget it, because I make mistakes too.

“Forget it, it’s over. He apologised and it’s over.”

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