Rudy Gestede denied biting Eric Bailly in Middlesbrough’s 3-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, claiming the Ivorian had actually kissed him.
Substitute Gestede slotted home Boro’s first league goal in 509 minutes of action to give the relegation-threatened side hope after Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard had put the visitors in control with first-half goals.
But in the closing stages there were ugly scenes as Gestede and Bailly clashed, with television replays showing the forward moving his head towards United defender’s neck as if attempting to bite him.
“We had a few words together, it was nothing major,” said Gestede. “He gave me a hug and a kiss, that’s it. I didn’t feel anything.”
“Ben [Gibson, Boro defender] thought he bit me, so that’s why he reacted like he did. But I told him now we were just talking, there was no problem.”