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Manchester City and Manchester United could face disciplinary action from the Football Association after Mario Balotelli sparked ugly post-match scenes involving players from both clubs following City’s FA Cup semi-final victory at Wembley.

The FA has confirmed it will study referee Mike Dean’s report of the mêlée in which United’s Anderson, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar clashed with City players and coaching staff after Balotelli had celebrated in front of opposition fans at the end of the game.

With Dean still on the pitch at the time, the Wirral official could prompt an FA investigation if he cites the clashes as an exceptional incident. Off the pitch, the Metropolitan Police made 34 arrests surrounding the game for offences including affray, common assault, ticket touting and possession of an offensive weapon.

Balotelli’s behaviour proved to be the catalyst for the on-field clashes, however, and United winger Nani criticised the controversial Italian forward for inflaming tensions.

Nani said: “He was showing his badge to our fans and Anderson just took him out from in front of our fans. Rio was very angry because it is not fair, it was very disrespectful to do that in front of the fans. We were not happy with that.”

United defender Ferdinand, who was driven to Manchester at 2.30am on Saturday for the birth of his daughter, clashed with Balotelli and City coach David Platt. Ferdinand said he was angered by the failure to control the players, before later apologising to Platt. The former England captain issued a public apology on Twitter: “If u score a goal+give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that, but at the final whistle, go to your own fans+enjoy it not opposing fans. If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high.”

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