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Ianni learns of fine for celebrations which ignited Mourinho scuffle

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Marco Ianni learned his punishment for twice celebrating in the face of Jose Mourinho, setting off a touchline fracas between Chelsea and Manchester United at the end of a 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

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Ianni, 32, apologized to Mourinho after the match at the behest of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, and the Football Association has now fined him approximately $7700.

Mourinho said Monday that Ianni deserved a second chance. From the BBC:

“I hope everybody does the same as I did and do not disturb the career of a great guy,” Mourinho said. “Probably someone with great potential. I’m not happy at all with more than that.”

Chelsea to accept FA punishment for fracas: ‘We were wrong’

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Whatever the Football Association decides is a suitable punishment for Chelsea following the brief scuffle between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea coach Marco Ianni, the Blues are prepared to “accept the consequences,” according to Maurizio Sarri.

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Mourinho and Ianni engaged in a near-physical altercation following the 2-2 draw between Man United and Chelsea on Saturday. Mourinho has since been cleared of wrongdoing and was not charged by the FA.

Sarri said that his side was in the wrong and responsible for the incident — a point he reiterated this week — thus he’ll offer no opposition when the FA’s final decision is handed down — quotes from the Guardian:

“First of all as I said after the match, we were wrong. I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately and it was really very important, I think, that he realized he was wrong.

“And so I think that I want to give him another opportunity. Because I know very well the man, I know very well that he was really sorry. And he realized the mistake — everybody I think can make a mistake.

“But you need to learn from the mistake, and so I think he will be able to do this. I know [him] very well, so I am sure. For the FA I don’t know, I haven’t experienced that here. I don’t know the consequences, but we were wrong so we have to accept the consequences.”

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Mourinho escapes FA charge after Chelsea fracas

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Jose Mourinho has not been charged by the English Football Association for his part in a melee which broke out at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Following Chelsea’s 96th minute equalizer in their dramatic 2-2 draw against Manchester United a member of Chelsea’s coaching staff, Marco Ianni, celebrated in front of Mourinho and his bench twice, which prompted an angry response from Mourinho.

Pandemonium then broke out on the sidelines with players and coaches from both teams getting involved.

Below is the statement from the English FA confirming Ianni’s charge.

“Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged following the game against Manchester United on Saturday [20 October 2018]. 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.”

You can watch the video above to see the incident in question.

This charge seems about right.

Ianni wasn’t even supposed to be on the bench, let alone in the technical area and celebrating on the pitch as he was sat in the stands just behind the Chelsea bench. And he was certainly in the wrong to goad United’s coaches the way he did. The young coach apologized right away for his actions and so too did Sarri.

96th minute goals do strange things to people but mostly it is about passion, which is something we all love to see in this game. Sometimes that sees individuals oversteps the mark but there’s nothing more sinister at play here.

Sarri sorry after Chelsea assistant taunts Mourinho

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Maurizio Sarri hadn’t seen what set off the skirmish between Jose Mourinho and his staff, but he knew enough to say it was wrong.

[ VIDEO: Mourinho reacts to taunting, skirmish ]

Sarri assistant Marco Ianni took the opportunity of Ross Barkley‘s late equalizer to celebrate directly in Jose Mourinho’s face and then taunt him on the way back.

Fortunately for us all, Mourinho didn’t notice Ianni’s first swipe, or you can be sure it wouldn’t have gotten to the second (for better or worse for Mou).

Chelsea kept its unbeaten season alive with the 2-2 draw at home, but many questions for Sarri were about his assistant. From the BBC:

“Sincerely I have not seen {what happened] but I have spoken with Jose then I have spoken with a member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side so I have dealt with it immediately. … If I speak to a member of staff and am very hard [with him] I cannot come here and tell everything because then I am not credible with the staff.”

Fair enough. I wonder what punishments Sarri deals out: Does he ask offenders to take up his in-game habit of chewing on cigarettes? Do they have to run errands for him? Something tells me it’s amusing.

Also, I’m neither sorry nor Sarri for the headline. Take victories where you find them. Carpe headline.