Friday 9 December 2016

Jose Mourinho's generous charity auction offer earned a round of applause at Man United's UNICEF dinner

Published 01/11/2016 | 16:12

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been creating headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few weeks, but he turned the tables with a wonderfully generous gesture to boost auction bids at the club’s UNICEF charity dinner.

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While the ‘The Mourinho Collection’, consisting of an Adidas hoodie, training top and the scarf he held high as he was unveiled as United manager were already on the auction list, it was his last minute offer that boosted the coffers considerably.

Peeling his expensive watch from his arm, he also threw that gift into the auction and helped to raise another £30,000 in an event that generated £215,000 in total.

Mourinho’s gesture earned him a rapturous ovation from the guests in attendance and he also offered up these words to put his backing behind the UNICEF cause.

“Charity is one of the amazing things in society and I have always been very supportive of UNICEF. You know that the money is going to the right place and is going to make a big difference,” he said.

“Tonight the money is going to help children in Thailand so we know that we are going to contribute to a better future. I think it is difficult to have a better feeling than that.”

Mourinho may be tempted to auction of a few more of his possessions in the coming days as he is set to be hit by a hefty Football Association fine after being handed two disciplinary charges.

He is set to receive a fine following his comments relating to referee Anthony Taylor prior to United’s game against Liverpool at Anfield.

Mourinho is also expected to be given a touchline ban following his sending off in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Burnley, with observers suggesting he ‘went mad’ in a rant at referee Mark Clattenburg.

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