FA unlikely to punish Manchester United & City over FA Cup spat - report

Rio Ferdinand and Anderson involved in row with Italian Balotelli after he reportedly taunted opposition fans at final whistle at Wembley
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The Football Association is unlikely to take any action to punish Manchester United or Manchester City after Rio Ferdinand and Anderson as well as Mario Balotelli were involved in an altercation at the end of the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The Manchester derby culminated with City snatching a place in the FA Cup final after a 1-0 win. After the final whistle, striker Mario Balotelli celebrated the win by shoving the badge on his jersey towards the United fans triggering a row between players from both teams.

As City boss Roberto Mancini dragged away the forward, the Italian winked at Ferdinand sarcastically as the latter and Anderson left the field.

According to Press Association Sport, the FA will look at the footage of the dispute on Monday but it is unlikely that any punishment will be given to the players involved.

The United defender justified his actions by posting on his Twitter account on Sunday: "If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high."

He also hit back at Balotelli with a post saying: "If u score a goal+give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that but at the final whistle go to your own fans+enjoy it not opposing fans."

United’s goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who is set to hang up his gloves at the end of the season did not want to get involved in the dispute over the Italian’s behaviour .

"He misunderstood which side of the stadium he needed to go to thank the supporters,” he said.

"Maybe in Italy they do things differently.

"I prefer to talk about football. It is much more important than this kind of thing."

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