Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United, celebrating the late equaliser in front of Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.
Sky Sports Premier League reported the news:
Ross Barkley tied things up late Saturday at Stamford Bridge to earn his side a point and send the home fans and coaches into a delirium. Ianni jumped off the bench and punched the air right in front of Mourinho, provoking a reaction.
The Special One had to be restrained as he tried to confront the Italian, marring the end of the contest.
As reported by Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri apologised to Mourinho straight away and Ianni followed suit shortly after, putting the issue to bed for the United manager.
He repeated those sentiments during a press conference Monday, expressing hope the assistant would avoid further punishment, per sportswriter Simon Stone:
Sarri said he would deal with the matter internally and come down “hard” on the assistant.
The Football Association had little choice to charge Ianni, however. Mourinho received a similar charge just last week for comments he made after the Newcastle United match, per BBC Sport.
Ianni has been an assistant to Sarri since his Napoli days and followed the Italian to Stamford Bridge during the summer.