Mourinho slams journalist as “a disgrace” after damaging private conversation leaked

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Jose Mourinho has sensationally hit back at a journalist who was recording a conversation without Chelsea’s manager knowing.

Transcripts of what Mourinho said, when he thought the camera was off, have been leaked out by a journalist from Canal Plus at a recent sponsors event as the Portuguese boss joked to a Swiss businessman about striker Samuel Eto’o and Chelsea’s other forwards and made clear his intentions to sign Monaco forward Radamel Falcao.

On Tuesday Mourinho defended his damaging comments as he had a face like thunder after being under grilled in his prematch press conference in Istanbul, before the Blues’ UEFA Champions League clash against Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Asked if he was embarrassed by his own comments, Mourinho lashed out.

“I don’t think you should be happy that a colleague is able to record private conversation and to make it public, I think you should all be a bit embarrassed as it is against etiquette you have to had in your work,” Mourinho said. “From my point of view, is a not happy comment, absolutely. From an ethical point of view it is a disgrace.”

Mourinho then went on somewhat of a rampage and tried to justify his comments which saw him criticize Eto’o and Chelsea other forwards.

“I am not defending what I have said. I am attacking something that is fundamental in your professional area,” Mourinho said. “That person shows exactly what he is and what he doesn’t know about the job. From my perspective the comment is not a good one.”

(MORE: Mourinho – Chelsea can’t win the league because they lack a scorer)

Despite Mourinho’s comment about Eto’o, where the Chelsea manager said the following on his Cameroon striker when asked if the Blues could win the Premier League. “No, we don’t have any scorer. Samuel Eto’o? He is 32-years-old, maybe 35, I don’t know.”

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Eto’o is at the center of a huge controversy as Mourinho was recorded without his knowledge.

Those comments, along with Mourinho stating his admiration for Falcao, could have a damaging impact on his relationship with his own team. But the Portuguese stated he would never criticize his players in public and usually jumps to their defense.

“It is not something I would do in a serious way, it is nothing something I would say in a serious interview,” Mourinho continued. “First of all because I don’t make fun. Second, if there are managers in the world that all defend their players, I am obviously one of them. Third, Samuel Eto’o is a four-time Champions League winner. It was with him that I had my best ever season of my career at Inter. He is one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club and a manger never does that when he doesn’t like the player or the person.”

But the comments against Eto’o, who is Chelsea’s top scorer in the PL with just six to his name this season, are sure to cause a rift between the two. But Mourinho insists there should be no issue and then dramatically dragged up a previous comment by Eto’o where he spoke out against his current boss several years ago.

“He has no reason to be upset, because also he said a few yeas ago ‘Mourinho is the only player in the world I would never play for,’ and after on year he was playing with me at Inter and now he is playing with me here,” Mourinho said. “There is no story. I repeat, it was a funny conversation between somebody that doesn’t belong in the football world. It is a disgrace that someone is recording a private conversation when obviously I didn’t know.”

We haven’t heard the last of this.

Ronaldo explains his new chin hair at World Cup

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Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to sporting a reasonable hairstyle atop his head, people are talking about the foliage on his face.

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Ronaldo, 33, drew speculation when he stroked his chin following a goal in his hat trick performance against Spain in the World Cup opener. Some said he was demonstrating defiance against Lionel Messi posing with a goat (Greatest Of All Time) in a recent photograph.

Ronaldo scored again on Wednesday, and there was seemingly little doubt his goatee was a wink to the speculators. But what did it mean, CR7? From ESPN:

“This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. “We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck.

“I scored in that game, I scored in this one, so it stays.”

Personally, I like to imagine Ronaldo starting to get as wild with his facial hair as he did his head hair.

Perhaps a beatnik style, or something like Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Get nuts, C-Ron.

Report: Southampton could sell Tadic to Ajax for $20m

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Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?

Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.

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The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.

The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.

Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.

He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Toronto locks down USMNT backstop Bono with extension

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Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono is going to stay Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.

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The newly-capped USMNT backstop, 24, has been attracting interest from abroad since breaking past Clint Irwin to win the TFC job and guiding the club to multiple MLS Cup Finals.

Now general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has locked down his young goalkeeper to an undisclosed contract extension. From TorontoFC.com:

“Alex was a big part of our success last season. He set club records for wins and clean sheets and was a critical piece of our championship team,” said Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Since joining the club as a first round pick in 2015, Alex’s ability to make key saves in big moments has been critical to our success.”

The Syracuse-born product of Syracuse University has made 64 appearances for the Reds.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE