Chelsea to allow Maurizio Sarri to deal with Marco Ianni


Chelsea will allow Maurizio Sarri to handle any internal disciplinary action against assistant coach Marco Ianni, Sky Sports reports.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took exception to the way Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, prompting a melee around the tunnel.

After the match, Mourinho revealed he had accepted an apology from Ianni, while Sarri said he would deal with the matter.

Sky Sports reports Chelsea regard the incident involving Ianni as falling well below the standard expected of a member of staff, but will not override whatever action Sarri deems appropriate.

Ianni, who is a second assistant coach at Chelsea involved in analysis, spent two years as a technical assistant to Sarri at Napoli before moving to west London.

Sky Sports reports the Football Association is waiting for referee Mike Dean’s report before deciding whether any further action is warranted.

Dean will only file an “extraordinary incident report” if he feels there is something the FA need to be aware of or was not dealt with at the time.

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