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Antony explains why he taunted Coventry players after FA Cup semi-final win

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Antony has defended his decision to taunt Coventry City players following Manchester United‘s narrow penalty shootout victory in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

United remarkably let a three-goal lead slip at Wembley, and then survived a Video Assistant Referee call in extra time which ruled out a Coventry winner, before sneaking past the Championship side on spot kicks.

Rasmus Hojlund scored the decisive penalty and Antony’s immediate reaction was to run in front of the opposition cupping his ears as team-mate Harry Maguire instead consoled the Coventry players.

Rio Ferdinand was one of many to criticise Antony’s reaction, describing the incident as “embarassing”.

But the £86million forward, who has zero goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season, has faced widespread criticism for his action, insists he was “defending” his club from “provocation”.

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