David de Gea spat at before half-time bust-up between Manchester United and Liverpool
The half-time bust-up between Manchester United and Liverpool players in Saturday’s match at Old Trafford was started by spitting, according to the Sun.
United keeper David de Gea was allegedly spat at while walking down the tunnel at the interval as he walked to the Red Devils dressing room, however, it is unknown who the perpetrator was.
The incident incited a confrontation between the two sides as players had to be separated by police and stewards and the situation nearly escalated into a brawl.
A source told the Sun: “De Gea was making his way to the tunnel and was clearly shocked to be spat at.
"Obviously the players reacted angrily and both teams became involved, before stewards managed to quieten it down."
Tensions between the teams weren’t helped by Luis Suarez’s failure to shake Patrice Evra’s hand in the pre-match build-up, in just the Uruguayan’s second start since his eight-game ban for racially abusing the Frenchman.
Evra also incited tempers on the Reds’ side when he celebrate enthusiastically in front of the United fans and Suarez following their 2-1 win, an incident which led to further confrontations.
Liverpool substitute Craig Bellamy was also allegedly involved in a spat with the head of security at Old Trafford at the full-time whistle.
Manchester United statement on Liverpool
Goal 1 - Wayne Rooney
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez gets an eight-match ban and £40,000 fine after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
“We need to try to cool down and reflect on what happened and to contact the FA and see what form their inquiry will take.”
“It’s good to get this put behind us as quickly as possible, instead of letting these things fester and become blown up again. It’s very disappointing to have two of our players from different countries at odds over a very serious issue. Only by having a full inquiry on such matters can we get to the bottom of it and try to make sure that such problems don’t arise again in the future.”
- Gordon Taylor, the PFA chief executive on the Evra/Suarez issue