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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Everton boss David Moyes have played down their touchline bust-up at Eastlands.

The Football Association will assess referee Peter Walton’s report before deciding whether to take further action.

Mancini and Moyes were sent to the stands after a minor altercation during Everton’s 2-0 Premier League win on Wednesday.

Mancini said: “I have spoken with David and if I made a mistake I am sorry.”

Fourth official Howard Webb had to separate the two managers after Mancini tried to wrestle the ball from Moyes, an action the Italian interpreted as time-wasting.

“I wanted to get the ball because there was another five minutes at the end,” said Mancini.

“This can happen in a game but it is finished now.

“I was frustrated for the players because we played a good game and sometimes it can happen where scoring a goal is impossible.”

Moyes defended his actions at Eastlands, saying he was simply preparing to make a substitution.

“I caught [the ball] because I was making a substitution, I would have thought it would actually have helped him,” he said.

“I was very surprised, I didn’t know what I had done wrong.

“Maybe I held onto the ball a second or two longer than I should have done but I was trying to make a substitution.

“But if I had let the ball go, let it run down the touchline – I actually speeded it up. Next time I might just let the ball run through.”

Moyes added that he felt the decision to send him off was harsh but said there would be no hard feelings.

He added: “He showed his passion for his team and his club and I can accept that.”

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