Wednesday 22 May 2019

Mourinho could be punished for angry reaction to Chelsea coach

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Getty Images

Jose Mourinho faces an anxious wait to find out whether the English FA will charge him for his furious reaction to the goading of Chelsea coach Marco Ianni.

The Manchester United manager had to be stopped from chasing Ianni down the tunnel after Chelsea's second assistant coach wildly celebrated Ross Barkley's late equaliser in front of him.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri immediately apologised to Mourinho and Ianni apologised later.

Mourinho is already appealing against a charge of using "abusive, insulting or improper language" after allegedly swearing into a television camera in Portuguese following United's victory over Newcastle United.

As well as being goaded by Ianni, Mourinho was the subject of abusive chants from a section of the crowd following the flashpoint and he responded by showing three fingers, one for each of the Premier League titles he won with the club.

Sarri called for more respect to be shown to the most successful manager in Chelsea's history.

"Mourinho has won here and so I think that we need to respect him and to respect everybody who has won a trophy for the club," he said.

Sarri was not only upset with Ianni, but also annoyed by the way his team played in the second half after going in at the break ahead through Antonio Rudiger's header.

"For 60 minutes, we were in complete control," said Sarri. "But then suddenly after their goal, we lost control of the match because we stopped playing our football and we started to play another game of football with the long ball, the second ball, and we are not used to playing this sort of football. We need to play short passes.

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