Chelsea’s Marco Ianni receives £6,000 fine from FA for his celebrations against Manchester United after admitting charge of improper conduct
- Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach at the Blues sparked a touchline fracas
- Marco Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in front of Jose Mourinho
- Mourinho was incensed by the way assistant coach Ianni celebrated the goal
Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association after admitting to an improper conduct charge for his celebrations against Manchester United.
Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach sparked a touchline fracas after celebrating Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in front of Jose Mourinho.
The FA’s statement read: ‘Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge. It concerned his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game against Manchester United on October 20, 2018.’
Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 by FA for his celebrations on October 20
Sarri’s assistant infuriated Jose Mourinho during Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United
The Chelsea assistant’s reaction to Ross Barkley’s equaliser prompted a melee in the tunnel
The FA reminded United boss Mourinho, Chelsea and Manchester United of their responsibilities in the aftermath of the incident, which occurred at the end of the 2-2 Premier League draw.
Mourinho was incensed by the way Ianni celebrated the goal in front of the United bench, leading the former Chelsea boss to dart off his seat and a melee to ensue.
The Portuguese received an apology from both Ianni and opposite number Sarri and said he considered the matter closed.
Ianni admitted to an improper conduct charge for his celebrations in the 96th minute of match
WHO IS MARCO IANNI?
He followed Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to the Premier League this summer, having spent two years as a technical assistant at the Serie A side.
Ianni forms part of Sarri’s 10-man strong backroom staff. Along with club legend Gianfranco Zola, he is one of two assistant first-team coaches.
In Italy he was known as one of the four ‘wizards’ credited with being the brains behind Sarri’s Napoli, with a focus on tactics.
He was born in 1982 and enjoyed a playing career in the lower leagues of Italian football as a defensive midfielder.
He spent most of his days at Sambenedettese, a club on Italy’s east coast, who currently play in Serie C.
He retired at the age of 32, immediately turning his attention to coaching at Serie D side Citta di Campobasso before making the move to Naples.
But the FA opened disciplinary proceedings and Ianni has been fined.
Sarri said Chelsea would consider whether any internal punishment was necessary once the FA delivered its verdict.
Speaking last week ahead of the win at Burnley, Sarri said: ‘I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately, and it was really very important I think that he realised 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.’
Mourinho had launched an unexpected defence of Ianni after England Women manager Phil Neville called for the ‘absolutely disgraceful’ behaviour to lead to the Italian being sacked.
Mourinho said: ‘I’m not happy that it’s going too far with the young boy. I don’t think he deserves more than what he got.
‘He apologised to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance.
‘I don’t think he deserves to be sacked, I don’t think he deserves anything more than the fact that his club was strong with him and he went through a situation that in the end he recognises that he was wrong.’
Mourinho had to be restrained after he reacted angrily to the Italian’s exuberant celebration
Ianni sprinted down the touchline to celebrate as Chelsea secured a 2-2 draw against United
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