Friday 23 February 2018

Football loco: Mourinho the pantomime 'villain' up to his old tricks

SEEMINGLY on a mission to acquire as many enemies in the game as is humanly possible, Jose Mourinho can now add the northern Spanish city of Gijon to the list.

The Real Madrid manager had a huge bust-up with his Gijon counterpart Manuel Preciado in the run-up to last weekend's game, which Madrid won 1-0. Preciado fielded a weakened team earlier in the season against Barcelona and Mourinho complained at the time, insisting that Sporting had handed three points to Barca.

After Mourinho repeated his objection last week, Preciado reacted furiously, at one stage asking the press: "Who the hell is this guy?" -- before answering the question himself and calling the Madrid boss a "villain."

The row culminated in an incident after Sunday's game in which Preciado had an angry exchange with Madrid officials as they were leaving the ground. However, both Mourinho and Preciado are now set to be punished by the authorities for their behaviour.

It could add up to big trouble for the Special One, as he is currently serving a two-match touchline ban for telling a referee to 'eff-off' in a recent cup match. However, he won't be too far from the bench for tonight's game at home to Athletic Bilbao, as Madrid season-ticket holder Gabriel Ruiz Almansa said Mourinho can have his front-row seat.

"It would be an honor for me and for my wife Ramona," he said. "It's the closest seat to the bench. From there you can hear everything."

Irish Independent

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