According to the Sun newspaper the half-time bust-up at Old Trafford between Liverpool and Manchester United was started by player being spat at.
Man United goalkeeper David de Gea was allegedly spat at in the Utd tunnel as he headed back to the dressing room, however, it is unknown who it was that spat at him.
United and Liverpool players had to be separated by stewards and police as the situation was very close to escalating into a brawl.
The Sun reported - “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 clubs were very high when Luis Suarez refused 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 Evra.
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.