Jose Mourinho called Jonas Olsson ‘Mickey Mouse player,’ triggered tunnel bust-up

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It wasn’t quite the eye-gouge that he gave former Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova, but Jose Mourinho’s antics following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom were enough to incite a bust-up in the players tunnel.

Following the contentious draw between the Baggies and Mourinho’s Chelsea, both sides left the pitch in a fury.

A report from The Guardian now claims that Mourinho and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson confronted each other, with the Chelsea boss calling the Swede a “Mickey Mouse player” and the center-back telling the the Portuguese coach to “f#ck off.”

Classy.

The exchange of pleasantries sparked a fiery melee among players from both sides that was quickly broken up by the Stamford Bridge stewards.

Following referee Andre Marriner’s highly debatable penalty call in the 94th-minute after Ramires went tumbling at the shadow of Steven Reid, Olsson was one of the many West Brom players to surround the ref in protest.

After the match Mourinho insisted the controversial spot-kick that Eden Hazard converted for a share of the points was the right call, telling BBC Sport: “I have watched it two or three times and it was a clear penalty. The referee made many mistakes during the game but that was not a mistake.”

Mourinho went on to claim the goal was just reward for Chelsea’s response to West Brom’s second goal, which he believed should have been disallowed due to a foul on Branislav Ivanovic in the build-up.

As to the post-match tunnel bust-up, the incident was not reflected in the referee’s report meaning no action is anticipated from the Footballing Association.

Where the fracas was reflected, however, was in the post-match interview where Jose Mourinho looked like a man who had been up all night drinking cheap bourbon and playing Buck Hunter.

Good on ya, Jose.

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.