Semi-final row

United avoid FA action

April 19, 2011

Manchester United will escape any action from the Football Association after a dressing room wall was damaged following their FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley.

Mario Balotelli and Rio Ferdinand square up at Wembley
GettyImagesMario Balotelli and Rio Ferdinand square up at Wembley

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A hole was kicked in the wall of the United dressing room after Manchester City had triumphed 1-0 and emergency repairs had to be carried out so the room could be used by Stoke City the following day.

There have been suggestions that the FA would send the repair bill to United or write to the club reminding them of their responsibilities. But according to FA sources a decision has been taken to let the matter lie.

It is also unlikely for there to be any disciplinary action for the incident at the end of Saturday's game when Rio Ferdinand and other United players were involved in an angry confrontation with Mario Balotelli.