"News and photographs of his altercation with the striker were, in this technological age, inevitably broadcast all over the world - heaping shame and humiliation on what has always been a great and proud club aspiring to be even greater and prouder.
"The far-too genial Mancini, with his best of intentions, tried to play down the incident yesterday, describing it merely as 'a spat'.
"That is not the term I would have used. I would have called it an outrage. Or a disgrace.
"Or an affront to one of the game's unwritten rules: That you do what the manager tells you."