Man City ‘appalled’ by video showing Foden’s mum being punched

Man City have released a statement to say they are “aware” of a video appearing to show Phil Foden’s mum being punched in a brawl.

The footage starts with Foden hounded down a hallway by a group of men as he went into one of the executive boxes at the Manchester Arena, with a report in The Sun claiming it was during the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook fight.

A woman, who appeared to be Claire Foden – the Man City player’s mother – is then seen storming out of the box to confront the men, shouting “f*** off now, you p****”.

The woman pushes one of the men who appears to punch her in the face as a brawl ensues between a number of people in the hallway.

Foden does emerge briefly but plays no part in the fighting, which eventually calms down after one man appears to throw a fire extinguisher at the group of men.

Man City have released a statement on the video. It reads: “Club aware of video showing Phil Foden and family being harassed and abused. We are shocked and appalled about nature of abuse and ensuing assault on one of Phil’s family members. We will continue to give Phil and family all support and assistance they need.”

Meanwhile, Man City boss Pep Guardiola “felt” Tottenham would put in a good performance before Spurs beat City 3-2 on Saturday evening.

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Not many people would have seen this one coming, given Spurs had lost their last three Premier League games.

“I felt it yesterday. I had the feeling that they have fantastic players, a fantastic manager. We knew after three defeats they would be back,” Guardiola added.

“There was practically no space. After that they could keep the ball and with Kane it gave time to Son, who could run. In general we were there all the time. We were there but we couldn’t win.

“Every goal is different. It was difficult to defend the second one especially when they come from five or 10 yards behind. Third one was to the back post and we defended badly and lost the game.

“I said we need to win a lot of points. Every team plays for lots of things, Champions League, Europa League, not being relegated, and every game will be a big battle.

“We know it, it will be good to understand how difficult it is. We were unbeaten for 15 games so it shows how well we have done.”

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