Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has said he phoned Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur to clear the air after the pair had a touchline tangle during Palace's 1-0 win at City on Saturday 7 February.

Pearson briefly lost control as the player inadvertently crashed into him and knocked him over. He put his hand to McArthur's throat and when the two made it to their feet, the Leicester boss held on to the player's shirt so he could not get back to the game. The FA has decided not to charge Pearson on this occasion.

"It was jovial," Pearson said. "Things happen quickly in games. I was scythed down and we had a little bit of banter. I actually spoke to him [McArthur] last night. He texted me. And I was composing a text back to him but I thought 'No, I'll just ring him'.

Pearson also confirmed City's owners do not have plans to end his time with the club.

"The owners don't want to get rid of me," Pearson said. "I'm here. I've had lunch with the owners today and I sat behind them [in the stands] in the first half. They're in London and we stayed in London. I've spoken to them a few times."