Tuesday 21 January 2020

Mourinho sees red as Januzaj signs deal

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City

Ben Findon

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands and Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay vented his fury over a controversial goal as referee Anthony Taylor found himself at the centre of controversy in Chelsea's 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Mourinho was ordered from the touchline in the 70th minute after taking exception to Taylor warning Branislav Ivanovic for time-wasting at a throw-in. Mourinho had repeatedly claimed that Cardiff players were time-wasting earlier in the match. The angry one moved a few rows back to sit among spectators for the rest of the game.

Mourinho declined to attend his post-match press conference but assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said: "Jose is very frustrated and it stems from the time-wasting from the opposition from basically the first two or three minutes of the game. We mentioned it to the fourth official in a professional way on countless occasions.

"The referee didn't appear to do anything about it but when we had a throw-in, Ivanovic had the ball in his hands for two seconds, no more and the referee was (talking) about getting the ball back into play and pointing at his watch. So it was a case of huge frustration with that. And to be sent off for that was very harsh."

Mackay was angry that Taylor did not rule that Samuel Eto's intervention as goalkeeper David Marshall was bouncing the ball constituted a foul. Play continued, enabling Eto'o to take the ball on with Eden Hazard scoring a 33rd-minute equaliser.

FIFA's law 12 reads: "The goalkeeper is considered to be in possession of the ball: while in the act of bouncing it on the ground or tossing it into the air."

Meanwhile, Adnan Januzaj yesterday committed his future to Manchester United by signing a five-year contract that will see his weekly wages rise from £1,000 a week to £30,000.

There was huge relief at United after the 18-year-old ended months of negotiations by agreeing a new deal.

Januzaj's previous contract, which he signed two years ago when he joined United from Anderlecht, was due to run out at the end of this campaign. "It's like a dream," Januzaj said after signing the deal.

The nightmare scenario for United, in what is proving to be a difficult campaign after Southampton held David Moyes' stuttering side to a draw 1-1 draw at Old Trafford yesterday, was for Januzaj to run down his contract and leave for a relatively small development fee, because he is under 24.

Januzaj was one of the few United players to acquit himself well in yesterday's disappointing draw – his second successive start after his match-winning performance against Sunderland – and Moyes praised his ability. "He's a very talented player and he did not disappoint today. He did his job," he said.

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