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FA could reprimand Mancini, Moyes for touchline fight

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London, Mar 25 (ANI): Manchester City boss Robert Mancini and his Everton counterpart David Moyes were sent off for a touchline fight on a night of shame at Eastlands

The two bosses could now face a Football Association reprimand after squaring up in injury time. Moyes caught the ball and held on to it as he wanted to make a sub, but Mancini marched over to try and wrestle it from him.

The Italian coach barged into his opposite number and a heated exchange between the pair followed before referee Peter Walton stepped in.

He ordered both managers away from the touchline, and even though they played down the incident afterwards, the FA could take a dim view of it, The Sun reports.

Tensions between the clubs have been simmering over City's pursuit of Toffees defender Joleon Lescott last summer and last night it spilled over.

Moyes said: "I was very surprised to be sent off. I didn't know what I'd done wrong. Maybe I held on to the ball for a second or two longer than I should but I wanted to get a sub on."

Mancini said: "If I made a mistake I'm sorry. I only wanted to get the ball because we had another five minutes at the end. I was frustrated for the players and for me and for the supporters.

"If I was waving my hands then it can happen sometimes. If it upsets people I will try not to do it again next time. Yes, I will have a drink with him - there is no problem. These things can happen during the game."

The incident capped a disappointing night for City as they blew the chance to move back above Tottenham and into fourth place. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 13:07 [IST]
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