FA extends deadline for Manchester clubs to respond over alleged derby fracas

The FA has confirmed it has extended the deadline for a response from both Manchester clubs after a reported incident in the tunnel.

Manchester City and United players were involved in a fracas after Sunday's derby clash at Old Trafford.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United and Manchester City have been given extra time to provide their observations regarding the alleged incident that followed Sunday's derby clash at Old Trafford.

City extended its advantage at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva, the leader becoming the first side to win 14 consecutive top-flight games in a single season in the process.

Reports suggested players and staff from both sides clashed in the tunnel after the match as City celebrated in its dressing room.

The Football Association requested information from both camps, who have now been given additional time to respond.

An FA spokesperson said: "Manchester United and Manchester City have both been given extra time to provide their observations following reports of an incident after Sunday's game. They now have until 6pm on Friday 15 December."

Pep Guardiola was adamant City had done nothing wrong, but refused to comment further when asked about the alleged incident in his press conference.

Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho cryptically suggested the apparent altercation was "just a question of diversity; diversity in behaviours, diversity in education."

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