Arsene Wenger admits he sympathises with Jose Mourinho after the Manchester United manager reportedly triggered a mass brawl with Manchester City’s players and staff at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mourinho is understood to have taken offence at the excessive celebrations by City’s players in their dressing room after the 2-1 win over United.
The United manager reportedly told City’s goalkeeper Ederson to ‘f*****g show respect’ before players and coaching staff from both sides started a melee.
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, who is now a first-team coach at City, suffered a cut to his eyebrow during the scuffle, while Romelu Lukaku was reportedly heavily involved.
Asked for his take on the incident on Tuesday, Wenger said: ‘I heard about that but I haven’t seen anything, it’s part of the incident that sometimes can happen in big derbies
‘In fact, you are very good… the press, it happens, you build it up as if it’s life or death, then something happens and after you’re surprised.
‘It’s part of intensity and importance of the game, sometimes you go a bit overboard. It happened to us, it happened to them.
‘It’s unfortunate, ideally you’d commit 100 per cent, 200 per cent, on the pitch and be an angel after but that’s not always the case.
‘I don’t know what happened really, it’s difficult to take when you lose a big game to see the 100 per cent celebration from the other side, it’s an experience like a little bit of an offence.
‘When I was in Japan I admired sumo, because in sumo you never can tell the guy who wins, he doesn’t show his happiness because of his respect for his opponent, that shows how deep the culture is, the respect for each other.
‘Is it something we can copy? I don’t think so because it’s not part of our culture.’
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