According to Sky Sports, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will not face any action from the FA after denying that he deliberately spat on the Manchester City logo during Saturday’s derby victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Video has emerged showing Herrera apparently spitting as he walked over a huge City crest painted on the floor at the Etihad. The footage was captured as the players left the pitch at half-time, with United 2-0 down.
As per Sky Sports’ report, the Football Association will not be investigating the matter further.
“Ander has seen the footage of the incident and is mortified at any suggestion that his actions were deliberate,” a club spokesperson told reporters after the exhilarating 3-2 derby win, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“It was entirely accidental and there was no intent whatsoever.”
Herrera made his first Premier League start since the win against Everton on New Year’s Day and played 89 minutes before being replaced by defender Victor Lindelof.
The Spaniard expertly set up Paul Pogba for his first goal as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2, thus delaying the Cityzens’ title celebrations.
The match was a typically feisty affair between the two Manchester juggernauts, both on and off the field. As per Sky Sports, Manchester United have also confirmed that a coin was thrown at Jose Mourinho during the game, which he picked up and handed to a ball boy.
“There was a coin thrown and Jose Mourinho gave the coin to a nearby ball boy. No one was hurt so he doesn’t want to make an issue out of it,” a spokesperson was quoted by Sky Sports.
Last Saturday’s Manchester derby was a classic example of a tale of two halves. City dominated United with utmost ease in the first half, scored two goals and could have wrapped up the game had Raheem Sterling not missed those sitters.
United went into half-time with dejection but showed brilliant character to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in what would go down as one of the best Manchester derbies ever witnessed.