Chelsea should SACK Marco Ianni for his ‘absolutely disgraceful’ celebration in front of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, says Phil Neville
- Marco Ianni celebrated Chelsea’s late equaliser in front of Jose Mourinho
- Manchester United boss reacted furiously to Maurizio Sarri’s assistant’s actions
- Ianni and Sarri both later apologised to Mourinho for their celebrations
- England Women manager Phil Neville believes Ianni should lose his job
- Ex-United midfielder described Ianni’s actions as ‘absolutely disgraceful’
Phil Neville has called on Chelsea to sack assistant coach Marco Ianni for his role in the unsavoury scenes which followed the Blues’ late equaliser against Manchester United.
United manager Jose Mourinho was peeved at the way Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s injury-time strike, prompting a melee around the tunnel.
The Portuguese received an apology from Ianni and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and said he considers the matter closed, but former United full-back Neville thinks the west Londoners should contemplate further action.
Chelsea coach Marco Ianni caused a stir on Saturday by celebrating in front of Jose Mourinho
The Chelsea assistant’s reaction to Ross Barkley’s equaliser prompted a melee in the tunnel
Mourinho had to be restrained after he reacted angrily to the Italian’s exuberant celebration
England Women manager Phil Neville believes Ianni should be sacked for his celebration
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.
‘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.’
Ianni sprinted down the touchline to celebrate as Chelsea secured a 2-2 draw on Saturday
He leapt in the air to celebrate before goading Mourinho on his return to the Chelsea bench
Sarri also said he would speak to Ianni again on Sunday.
The Football Association is awaiting the referee’s report before deciding whether any further action is warranted.
The issue overshadowed a pulsating 2-2 draw, in which United hit back from Antonio Rudiger’s first-half goal thanks to Anthony Martial’s brace after the interval, only for Barkley to seal a share of the points late on.
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