'They should be embarrassed by what's gone on' – Ferdinand slams Atletico Madrid thugs after shameful Man City antics
14th April 2022

ATLETICO MADRID have been blasted for their "antics" by pundit Rio Ferdinand.

The fiery Spanish side lost their cool towards the end of last night's clash with Manchester City.


The 0-0 draw saw Pep Guardiola and Co progress 1-0 on aggregate, but the match will be remembered for other reasons.

Atletico defender Felipe was sent off for a challenge on Phil Foden late on, prompting ex-City star Stefan Savic to lose his head.

The Montenegrin international tried to confront Foden on the floor before yanking Jack Grealish's hair after being insulted by the England star.

Savic was also pictured appearing to drive his head into Raheem Sterling, but escaped a red card.

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Upon the final whistle, Savic tried to chase Grealish down the tunnel, leading to more chaotic scenes.

Appearing on BT Sport, Ferdinand tore into Diego Simeone's side.

He said: "Disgraceful behaviour from the Atletico players, they should be embarrassed with some of the antics they have gone on.

"You have to say, talking about football, well done to Atletico Madrid as they made Manchester City play in a way we haven't seen for a long time, took them out of their rhythm and their stride.

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"But some of the stuff towards the end was not what you want to see on a football pitch."

Ex-City defender Joleon Lescott added: "The last 10 minutes, you can't condone that. It's not something you want to see from an elite coach and a top level manager."

Own Hargreaves said: "City had so much composure and class. It was a disgrace from Atletico at the end. Just play nice football! They had a right go but the antics were rubbish.

"Credit Man City, they're so much more resilient. That was a really, really difficult game. Great performance from City."

Spanish police waded in as things sparked again in the tunnel, with Ferdinand, 43, adding: "From what we've seen, it is handbags in the tunnel with Atletico and City. It is best it ended like that but it is pantomime. You've got Savic acting the fool.

"The thing that riled me, he kicks his calf, this is what Atletico do, if it was the reverse, they'd be doing exactly the same thing.

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"Great for City not to react to the antics. In the tunnel, it goes off, you feel nobody can see. But here it is just handbags. City showed grit and determination and got the job done.

"The experienced players are more mature now, they can control emotions, you saw the reaction was collective but nobody overstepped the mark."

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