Despite not being used against Atletico Madrid, Manchester City winger Jack Grealish made sure he was involved in the action by potentially fueling the brawl between the clubs
The two squads clashed during the dying embers of their second leg Champions League Quarter-final tie, with City winning 1-0 on aggregate and advancing to the semi-finals. pep Guardiola will certainly be proud of his two professional appearances against Atletico’s incredibly defensive line-up.
And the Spain boss will certainly be proud of how the vast majority of the team kept their cool as their La Liga opponents sought to mark their exit from the competition with a brawl. Although Grealish could have added to the fuel Fire from the sidelines as he was captured seemed to offend the hotheaded Savic as the unsavory scenes began to erupt.
Cameras caught Grealish, who was warming up at the time having a ‘word’ with the Montenegrin defender after trying to draw Phil Foden to his feet after the England international was fouled. but Rio Ferdinand doesn’t think the X-rated insult justified the reaction, telling BT Sport: “What Jack said there, which we can’t say live here on air, is said about nine times out of ten by a player on the pitch show most games.
“There are verbs that go on and you have a bit of a back-and-forth with people. That shouldn’t cause it. Savic will look back on it and think it wasn’t his finest moment.” Savic was then seen pulling Grealish’s hair in a feud before being caught headbutting Raheem Sterling – though the Atletico -Defender somehow only received a yellow card for his antics.
The confrontation between the two clubs then continued after the final whistle and for over 15 minutes in the tunnel, with scuffles erupting between the substitutes of both teams. Darren Fletcher then revealed that Grealish and Savic also reunited in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano tunnel, where police raced over to separate the couple.
Darren Fletcher explained: “Grealish was walking down the tunnel and Stefan Savic caught up with him. Suddenly there was a commotion at the entrance of the tunnel and people just ran into that area. The two players disappeared from my sight, but very quickly, after four police officers stormed into that area as well. I can’t tell you exactly what happened, but Savic was involved again. Grealish tried to leave the field and it was another very unsavory incident here. Symptomatic of what we’ve seen over the past 15 minutes.”
It remains to be seen whether both sides, namely Atletico, will face any consequences for their actions from UEFA as their behavior is something the organization would like to eradicate as soon as possible. The city takes over real Madrid in the semi-finals of the competition to finally get their hands on the coveted European trophy. Liverpool meet Villarreal in the other semi-final.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jack-grealishs-x-rated-blast-26708979 Jack Grealish's X-rated bang on Stefan Savic before tunnel brawl