October 24, 2020

Neville: Chelsea should sack Ianni

October 22, 2018
Marco Ianni, who almost got beaten up by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge

Phil Neville has called on Chelsea to sack Marco Ianni for his role in the unsavoury scenes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

United manager, Jose Mourinho was peeved at the way Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s injury-time strike, prompting a melee around the tunnel.

Mourinho received an apology from Ianni and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, and said he considers the matter closed, but former United full-back Neville thinks Chelsea should contemplate further action.

The England Women manager said on NBC Sports: “Whoever that staff member is of Chelsea has just been an absolute disgrace. No class, no humility.

Jamie Redknapp was in Jose Mourinho’s corner after the Manchester United manager reacted to Chelsea coach Marco Ianni after Chelsea’s equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

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“He’s gone straight into the face of Jose Mourinho, Michael Carrick and the Manchester United bench and just celebrated in their face. Absolutely disgraceful.

“He’s [Mourinho] the innocent one in all this. The guy on the Chelsea bench has run straight past him, celebrated in his face.

Alan Pardew told Goals on Sunday that the reaction of Maurizio Sarri’s assistant towards Jose Mourinho was ‘ridiculous’ and he understands why the Manchester United manager reacted.

“Sarri celebrates. Then it’s this guy here who goes in front of Jose Mourinho. The first one he clenches his fist, and then as he goes back he celebrates again right in front of him. Disgraceful.

“If I was Maurizio Sarri I’d send that guy in and sack him from the club.”

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