‘Man City’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic joke sparked the brawl’

The Manchester brawl

Spanish paper Marca have waded into the ‘Manchester brawl’ story on Tuesday.

What’s become clear in the aftermath of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford is that Jose Mourinho lost his cool with Man City’s post match behaviour.

It’s been widely reported that Mourinho reacted badly to City celebrating their win at Old Trafford.

After reportedly clashing with Ederson, the Man United boss has milk thrown on him.

At the same time Man City coach Mikel Arteta was left bloodied, while there are also claims a Man City physio was punched in the drama.

Man City & Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was used as a second half sub during the 2-1 defeat to City.

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The Swedish striker failed to have too much influence on the game at the Theatre of Dreams.

And, according to Marca on Tuesday, Ibra’s performance was the target of a joke after the match. The Spanish paper have reported the following:

The Manchester derby ended with an unseemly tunnel fracas between both sets of players and staff, allegedly caused by City players mocking United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Members of City’s coaching staff, euphoric after the victory, picked on the Swedish striker.

“Ibra, you talk a lot but you move a little,” was allegedly heard.

United took that as provocation and from that moment a brawl began in which at least 20 people participated.

What will the punishments be?

The FA have opened an investigation into the Manchester brawl.

But will United and City be punished? That’s looking unlikely, mainly due to a lack of evidence.

It’s been confirmed that the match officials were not witnesses to the fracas, meaning they couldn’t report on it.

And there also seems to be a distinct lack of video evidence, as the Times report:

Football’s governing body can fine both clubs, although its investigation may be hindered by a lack of CCTV footage.

There are no cameras in the corridor where the trouble occurred, which, in effect, means the case will be one side’s word against the other’s. 

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