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Unai Emery’s Villarreal caught up in tunnel brawl as coach was ‘hit in the mouth’

Unai Emery saw his side denied in stoppage time

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Villarreal were denied in stoppage time at Atletico Madrid but the two teams were involved in a post match brawl that saw one coach punched in the mouth according to the referee’s report

Unai Emery saw his side denied in stoppage time
Unai Emery saw his side denied in stoppage time

Villarreal and Atletico Madrid were allegedly involved in a post match brawl at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the capital with the hosts grabbing a stoppage time equaliser.

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Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli slipped which meant Aissa Mandi put through his own net.

But match referee Soto Grado reported that the two teams clashed in the tunnel, with players and coaches getting involved, according to AS

His report said that Atletico coach Pedro Tomas Renones Crego “hit a member of the visiting coaching staff”.

Grado also stated that Emery’s Villarreal assistant Imanol Idiakez took on Atletico players and staff ‘aggressively and had to be held by members of his team.’

There are also claims a coach was punched in the mouth.

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Aissa Mandi’s own goal denied Villarreal the win

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Emery reportedly kept his cool despite seeing his side lose out on two points, meaning he has now gone winless against Diego Simeone is 15 meetings.

The former Arsenal boss told Spanish press he spent half an hour “kicking the wall” after his side conceded a 95th minute goal.

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He said: “I’ve spent the last half an hour kicking the walls, booting bottles and remembering our mothers, but now we have to analyse things coldly.”

Sunday’s stalemate means Villarreal have drawn all three of their LaLiga fixtures thus far.

Manu Trigueros had fired the Yellow Submarine ahead before Luis Suarez levelled for Atletico.

Emery’s new signing Arnaut Danjuma marked his debut with a goal on his debut, 11 minutes after coming on as a sub.

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The ref noted the brawl in his report


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But Mandi’s own goal with ten seconds of stoppage time remaining meant the hosts snatched a point.

“It’s a pity it had to end this way,” said Villarreal full-back Juan Foyth, formerly of Tottenham.

The draw means Atletico are one of six teams who sit on seven points with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla among them. Villarreal sit in 11th.

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Simeone has also commented on the potential departure of Saul Niguez, who has been linked with a Premier League switch.

He said: “Today I told him everything I think and feel, there is not much else. He’s been with us since we came here. We took him out of the academy and helped him achieve everything that he could achieve in his career.

“Now we will see what happens. We know that in football a lot of things can happen.”



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