Football: Pizzagate II! Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta left bloodied after derby brawl

A bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff took place at at Old Trafford following Manchester City's 2-1 victory over home team Manchester United on Dec 11, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was left with blood streaming down his face after a bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff following the Manchester derby, a report said on Monday (Dec 11).

Media reports on Sunday (Dec 10) said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho became involved in a physical confrontation with City's players after complaining about their celebrations following their 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that Arteta's eyebrow was split open during the melee in a narrow corridor outside City's dressing room and there were unconfirmed reports that another member of Guardiola's backroom staff needed medical treatment.

The corridor leading to the dressing rooms apparently became congested as players and staff made their way through it after the game, and tensions spilled over into pushing and shoving, with Arteta understood to have suffered a cut to the head.

Mourinho reportedly became involved in a row with City goalkeeper Ederson and United striker Romelu Lukaku was said to be involved.

Earlier reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph said Mourinho had water and milk thrown at him by City's players and was hit on the head with a plastic bottle.

The Guardian said the Portuguese did not make any reference to what had happened during his post-match media work.

Arteta was being assessed in the City dressing room after being caught in the crossfire, the report said.

The victory, courtesy of goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi propelled City 11 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League table, further enhancing their status as red-hot favourites for the title.

Mourinho had accused City's players of diving and committing "tactical fouls" prior to the game and afterwards, he made an unconvincing claim his side should have been awarded a late penalty when Ander Herrera was booked for diving.

But City manager Pep Guardiola said: "We won because we were better. In all departments, we were better."

The incident at Old Trafford brought to mind the infamous "Battle of the Buffet", also known as "Pizzagate", that erupted after United beat Arsenal in October 2004, when then Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas threw pizza at then United manager Alex Ferguson.

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