A BRAWL allegedly broke out in the tunnel after Atletico Madrid secured a last-gasp point against Unai Emery’s Villarreal on Sunday.
A 95th minute Aissa Mandi own goal after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli’s slip meant the spoils were shared in the LaLiga clash – but wild scenes ensued after the full time whistle.
Aissa Mandi has made five errors leading to goals since 2016/17 – more than any other LaLiga playerCredit: Getty
Geronimo Rulli reacts after his slip saw Villarreal drop two pointsCredit: Getty
Unai Emery kicks out in frustration after Atletico’s 95th minute equaliserCredit: Getty
Match referee Soto Grado reported that the two teams clashed in the tunnel, with both players and coaches getting involved.
As well as that incident, Emery’s Villarreal assistant Imanol Idiakez confronted 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.
Emery, who formerly managed Arsenal, was reportedly not as aggressive, but the 49-year-old was left frustrated after dropping two points late on.
According to AS Emery told Spanish press he spent half an hour ‘kicking the wall’ after Villarreal were denied a valuable away win by a last minute own goal.
It means Emery is now winless in FIFTEEN meetings with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
And Sunday’s result means the Yellow Submarine have drawn all three of their LaLiga fixtures so far this season.
Emery’s new signing Arnaut Danjuma announced his arrival at Villarreal with a goal on his debut.
He scored just eleven minutes after coming on as a substitute to put Emery’s side 2-1 up with fifteen minutes left to play.
Earlier in the game Manu Trigueros had fired the Yellow Submarine ahead before Luis Suarez netted Atletico Madrid’s equaliser.
Danjuma then restored Villarreal’s lead before Mandi’s comical own goal meant Atletico Madrid snatched a point with just TEN SECONDS left on the clock.
And tensions were high as the two clubs headed down the tunnel, with emotions seemingly boiling over.