Roberto Mancini has hinted that Ashley Cole sparked a post-game tunnel spat following Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s penalty seven minutes from time ensure the home side took the spoils, and while proceedings immediately after the game appeared to be calm as both sides left the pitch, Ashley Cole apparently took his celebrations too far, riling Mancini in the process.
“They were really lively after this game because they have beaten a top team and it is very important for them,” said Mancini, somewhat sarcastically.
Then, referring to Cole directly, the Italian added: “I don’t know if Cole said something, I don’t know what he said. I don’t understand. But I think if the Chelsea players are saying we are a top team then this is a compliment.”
While Mancini appeared to be indirectly implying a tunnel bust-up, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas moved quickly to disagree with anything Mancini implied with his comments, with the 34-year-old insisting that nothing happened.
“It is untrue, it is unfair,” the former Porto boss said. “There is always some troublemaker in our wins."
On the pitch meanwhile Yaya Toure will escape being punished for appearing to kick out at Chelsea’s Juan Mata while later landing a slap on the same player during Monday’s feisty encounter, as it is understood the FA will not review the incident.
Referee Mark Clattenburg, who sent off Gael Clichy in the game as well as denying City what appeared to be a certain penalty, made no reference to the two incidence in his match notes.