Phil Neville believes Chelsea should sack Marco Ianni for goading Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Manchester United manager Mourinho reacted when Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s late equaliser and a mixture of security and players had to restrain the former Chelsea manager from having a go at the member of Maurizio Sarri’s coaching staff.
Sarri told the media afterwards that he brought Ianni out to apologise to Mourinho after the match in an attempt to put an end to the drama, but former United player Neville thinks the Blues should take further action.
Neville, manager of the England Women’s team, was speaking on NBC Sports, with quotes from Sky Sports: “Whoever that staff member is of Chelsea has just been an absolute disgrace. No class, no humility.
“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.
“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.”
While Ianni deserves some sort of punishment, removing him from of his duties would be severe.
Mourinho is no saint either. We all remember when he ran down the touchline at Old Trafford after FC Porto scored and knocked Sir Alex Ferguson’s United out of the Champions League in 2004.
Of course, Mourinho controls himself better nowadays unless confronted by a clown like Ianni, but this has happened in football before… We’re not saying it’s right but the bigger issue right now is Mourinho could face another charge from the Football Association for his reaction to being goaded.