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Manchester clubs avoid sanctions for post-derby melee

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City and Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United shake hands after the full time whistle during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 27, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Laurence Griffiths

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United and Manchester City will not be sanctioned following a review into a melee involving players and coaches from both Premier League teams after the derby at Old Trafford this month.

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After receiving evidence from both clubs and independent eyewitness accounts, the English Football Association said it will be taking “no formal action.”

The incident took place around the doorway to City’s dressing room after the team’s 2-1 win over United on Dec. 10. About 15 people were involved and City assistant coach Mikel Arteta sustained a cut on his forehead.

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The FA also said Thursday that United manager Jose Mourinho would not be punished for comments made to the media before the derby. Mourinho accused City’s players of going to ground too easily and said match officials needed to be aware of City’s “tactical fouling.”

Mourinho was reminded that “any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action,” the FA said.