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TV footage shows furious Atletico and Man City stars brawl in tunnel after heated clash

The Premier League leaders knocked out their Spanish rivals in a heated quarter-final second leg, which saw Felipe sent off late for sending off Phil Foden.

The incident sparked a fight on the pitch with Stefan Savic pictured aiming a headbutt at Raheem Sterling and pulling Jack Grealish’s hair, among other incidents.

After the match, Spanish TV revealed the view from the tunnel as former City defender Savic continued to argue with Grealish before Kyle Walker was held back by team-mate Ederson.

Police intervened as a furious Atleti substitute Sime Vrsaljko also had to be subdued after an object was thrown over a metal barrier at the visiting players.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone insisted he didn’t see the fight in the tunnel as he applauded the home fans, while Pep Guardiola simply said he didn’t had “nothing to say” about it.

“I don’t know,” he added. “I can’t talk about what other people are doing. I do not know.”

Aymeric Laporte, who helped City reach the semi-finals with a 0-0 draw at Madrid, hit home side antics late in the game.

“What was wasting time was their team, getting into nonsensical fights,” he said.

“We already know how they are and they always do the same. It’s always ugly to see these fights, we make a lot of noise with little. I think it was bad for them because they were in their best moment of the game.

City have been praised for not picking up any red cards themselves in the fracas, although it remains to be seen whether UEFA will issue charges to players who reviewed the footage.

BT Sport expert Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport: “You have to commend the way City have handled this situation. It’s difficult in those times.

“Forget the crowd, those times when you’re trying to go all the way and you’re upset, you have someone in front of you pushing, pushing, pushing you all the time. They managed to get away with it without no one gets too involved.

“We heard about something after the game, but then the game is over. For Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling in particular – Phil is a young boy and it’s a good experience for him in some ways.


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