Ancelotti escapes touchline ban

FC Bayern München manager Carlo Ancelotti will not face any suspension from the German Football Association for his offensive gesture to Hertha Berlin fans on Saturday.

Ancelotti appeared to give the Hertha supporters the middle finger after Robert Lewandowski's dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw at the weekend.

But after further investigation, the experienced Italian claimed it was an emotional outburst after being spat on by a fan at the Olympiastadion.

"We regard Carlo Ancelotti's gesture in response to being spat at as an understandable emotional reaction," read a statement on the DFB website.

"The DFB panel has accepted this position and will cease its inquiry. However, as an apology for his gesture Carlo Ancelotti will make a donation of 5,000 Euros (£4,200) to the DFB Foundation."

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