Mourinho 'punch' case dropped

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No action will be taken against José Mourinho over allegations that he punched a Manchester United fan outside Old Trafford.

The Inter Milan boss had allegedly hit out at the fan shortly before midnight on March 11 after his side's 2-0 defeat to United in their Champions League last-16 clash.

Greater Manchester Police decided to study CCTV footage of the alleged incident, although the fan was not thought to be seriously injured.

"The Code for Crown Prosecutors - the guidance that CPS lawyers follow - requires that, for a case to go ahead, there must be a realistic prospect of conviction and that it must be in the public interest to prosecute," a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said.

"However, when considering the public interest, Crown Prosecutors have to take into account the consequences for the victim of whether or not to prosecute and any views expressed by the victim or the victim's family.

"In this instance, having taken all of the above into consideration, the reviewing lawyer decided that a prosecution was not required in the public interest."

Meanwhile Greater Manchester Police responded by releasing this statement: "Greater Manchester Police is aware of the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to bring charges after an allegation of assault was made following the Manchester United-Inter game in March.

"A full investigation was carried out after this allegation and the victim has been kept apprised of all developments and is supportive of this decision."

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