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Sunday 10 December 2017

Special one pays for outburst

JOSE MOURINHO has been given a three-match ban and fined €40,000 following his 'handcuffs' gesture during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sampdoria, in which two of his Inter Milan players were sent off, with two more seeing red after the final whistle.

Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba were given their marching orders in the first half before Samuel Eto'o was booked for diving in the box.

That prompted Mourinho to burst out laughing in the dugout and and then cross his arms in front of the TV cameras in a gesture which has been interpreted as his way of suggesting his team were being victimised. The Portuguese also insulted the officials in the tunnel at half-time.

Mourinho's outburst followed his jibe last Friday when he said: "I don't stick my head in the sand. I know there is only one team (in Italy) that has a penalty area 25 metres long" -- a reference to a penalty awarded to Juventus when Alessandro Del Piero was fouled outside the area.

Inter will be without the four suspended players for Sunday's match against Udinese, having seen their Serie A lead slashed to five points in recent weeks following three straight draws.

Irish Independent

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