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.”
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.