By Editor Wayne Veysey
Jose Mourinho launched a foul-mouthed tirade towards referee Jon Moss in which he claimed Arsene Wenger was right in saying officials are “weak”.
The Portugese was said by Moss to have been “aggressive” and “animated” in the referees’ dressing room at half-time during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by West Ham last month.
Mourinho repeatedly refused requests to leave Moss’ room and was sent to the stands for the second half.
He has subsequently been slapped with £40,000 fine and a one-match stadium ban by the Football Association, which he will serve when Chelsea travel to Stoke tomorrow.
An FA statement released this afternoon includes Moss’ report, which detailed his view of the incidents on October 25.
“When myself and my colleagues left the field of play at half time, as we entered the tunnel area to get to our dressing room, Mr Mourinho the Chelsea Manager was waiting for us clearly agitated and began aggressively asking about first half decisions,” recalled Moss in the report.
“Rather than publically speak to him I asked him to step into the entrance of my dressing room escorted by Simon Sutton, the West Ham United Security Manager. Mr Mourinho asked me about a tackle, an offside and a goal line clearance. I gave him brief answers to his questions.
“After this I asked him to leave the dressing room area. He refused. I asked him again. After he refused again I asked Mr Sutton to escort him from the room. At this point Mr Mourinho became very aggressive and animated.
“He shouted that you f****** referees are weak…Wenger is right about you…you are f****** weak. I advised Mr Mourinho not to take his position in the technical area for the second half due to his actions.”
The document posted on The FA’s website added: “It was alleged that [Mourinho’s] language and/or behaviour in or around the dressing room area at half time amounted to improper conduct in that he: i) Refused to leave the Match Officials’ dressing room when requested; and/or ii) Used abusive and/or insulting language towards the Match Officials.”