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Gianluca Vialli
"Definitely something happened"
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Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 14:14 GMT
Vialli admits tunnel 'incident'

Chelsea v Wimbledon: An ill-tempered clash


Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has admitted there was an incident in the players' tunnel after his side's 3-1 win over Wimbledon at Stamford Bridge.

But he refused to reveal any further details, saying that he would wait and see what referee Peter Jones put in his match report to the Football Association.


Someone fell coming down the stairs and there was a scuffle
Gwyn Williams, Chelsea assistant coach
"I can tell you that something happened but we don't want to say anything official at the moment," he told the BBC's Match Of The Day programme.

"Definitely something happened. But I think that for the sake of everybody it is much better to keep it quiet."

Later, Chelsea assistant manager Gwyn Williams said: "Someone fell coming down the stairs and there was a scuffle but someone got the wrong idea. There is nothing in it."

It is understood that anything up to 22 players became involved.

The club also released a statement, describing it as a "minor incident".

Free-kick clash

The FA said it was awaiting Jones' report "which should be with us in the early part of the week".

The Stamford Bridge encounter finished on a sour note with the referee having to intervene in a flair up between Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise and Wimbledon's Kenny Cunningham.

The players started shoving each other after Cunningham took exception to Wise attempting to stand in the Wimbledon wall for a free-kick.

Cunningham appeared to be so upset he refused to shake hands with Wise at the final whistle.

The London derby was another ill-tempered affair on a day when the Premiership was marred by ugly clashes at both Newcastle vs Manchester United and Spurs vs Leeds, where brawling broke out.

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