Reports: Man Utd & Boro Players In Tunnel Bust-Up
Reports: Manchester United & Middlesbrough Players In Tunnel Bust-Up
Manchester United and Middlesbrough players were reportedly involved in a tunnel bust-up after the final whistle of their league clash on Sunday.
According to the Daily Star, security guards and stewards had to separate players from each other as tempers flared at the Riverside Stadium after the match ended.
It is believed Red Devils defender Eric Bailly and Benin international Rudy Gestede were at the forefront of it all, with the two players also having clashed during injury-time.
After that incident unfolded on the pitch, Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson accused the Ivorian of biting his teammate, but video evidence suggested otherwise.
England defender Phil Jones played down the clash in the tunnel, believing it was more a result of the Boro players' frustrations than anything else.
"I think it was a bit of frustration creeping in on their behalf," Jones said, as quoted by the abovementioned English publication.
"It is a difficult situation. I was in it (relegation fight) with Blackburn so I know how they feel.
"When emotions are high these things happen, but it was something and nothing."
After the match, Gestede spoke about his confrontation with the United defender.
"We had a few words together," he added.
"It was nothing major, he gave me a hug and a kiss, that's it. I didn't feel anything.
"Ben thought he bit me so that's why he reacted like he did but I told him now we were just talking.
"There was no problem."
The result saw the Red Devils jump ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table, and now find themselves four points off Liverpool, who are in fourth position.
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