No sanction for 'sorry' Utd

Image: Punishment unlikely: United players confront Balotelli after final whistle

Man Utd have apologised and escaped punishment after a dressing room wall was damaged at Wembley.

United escape punishment after reporting damage to Wembley wall

Manchester United have apologised and escaped punishment after a dressing room wall was damaged at Wembley at the weekend. The Red Devils brought the FA's attention to the damage on Saturday night after a hole had been kicked in the wall of the United dressing room following their defeat to rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final. Emergency repairs had to be carried out so the room could be used by Stoke City the following day. There have been suggestions that the FA would send the repair bill to United or write to the club reminding them of their responsibilities. But, according to FA sources, a decision has been taken to let the matter lie.

Apologised

A Manchester United spokesman said: "We brought it to their attention on Saturday night, we apologised and offered to pay. "It was about three inches in diameter and was only surface damage and not a hole." It is also unlikely there will be any disciplinary action for the incident at the end of Saturday's game when Rio Ferdinand and other United players were involved in an angry confrontation with City striker Mario Balotelli after he thrust the badge on his shirt in the direction of opposition supporters following the 1-0 victory.

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