Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea in wrong while José Mourinho accepts apology

Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea in wrong while José Mourinho accepts apology

It is thought Mourinho believes the charge - which is likely to carry a touchline ban if proven - is another example of the witch-hunt against him but he refused to vent his true feelings yesterday for fear of inviting further punishment.

As Mourinho said when asked about the extracurricular activities after the goal: "The 97-minute game was so good that you have to focus on that".

"No, I'm not annoyed with anything", he said. What happened with (Maurizio) Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it.

His assistant came to me in Sarri's office, and apologised to me.

"Of course, I want to speak to him again because I want to make sure he's able to understand it was a big mistake", he said.

Play eventually resumed minutes later after order was restored with both Mourinho and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sharing an amicable handshake at the final whistle.

They led until the 96th minute when Ross Barkley fired home from close range for the hosts to salvage a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

I think it's fair to say that the football world had quite the mixed reaction to the game...


Huddersfield will set a new and unwanted club record of seven straight home games without scoring a goal if they fail to end their drought in front of their own fans.

He will hope that ensures he avoids serious punishment after the Chelsea coach stressed he had to be "very hard" on Ianni for the incident with Mourinho. I told him to forget it. "If I speak to a member of staff and am very hard [with him], I can not come here and tell everything, because then I am not credible with the staff". I have dealt with this immediately. So, I have to be myself, always, otherwise I am not credible.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho showed a touch of class in the wake of the chaotic scenes that overshadowed his side's thrilling match with Chelsea.

The Portuguese jumped from his seat and was then held back by a mixture of stewards and Manchester United staff as he attempted to get down the tunnel at Ianni.

"The players are different, and they react in different way to different processes, and Luke reacted in the best possible way", Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

Instead, it was United who took control with two goals from a renascent Anthony Martial and a second-half display that - until the late, dramatic twist - was probably summed up by Mourinho stepping on the pitch to give the forward a congratulatory slap on the back for chasing down an opponent.

"I think they're going to be a near miss", he said on Sky Sports.

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