By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho’s legal representatives are “closely monitoring” the reporting of an incident in which the Chelsea boss allegedly shoved a teenager in the back.
The boy filmed himself with his mobile phone while the Portuguese could be seen walking behind him and the video footage then begins to shake as Mourinho overtakes.
Chelsea spokesman Steve Adkins, who said the behaviour was “overly intrusive”, added that, contrary to reports, there were two teenagers involved in the incident.
“While Jose understands the laws pertaining to filming in public places, the two teenagers in question followed him from his home for 20 minutes and constantly interrupted a private phone call,” said Adkins, who criticised the tone of the reports.
“We also note the allegation of intimidation in those stories, which Jose strongly refutes and which his legal representatives will continue to monitor closely.”
Mourinho rebuked media outlets on Friday for not showing him respect after publishing the video.
“I am going to treat your [media] bosses the way they treat me; no respect, no respect,” said Mourinho.
“You don’t get good and funny headlines from me now,” added Mourinho. “I am not talking about football. I am ready to accept any kind of critics, even the stupid ones.
“I am talking about private lives and stupid things that you bring to light, I don’t like it. We go to a different level of professional relationship now.”
Mourinho has been caught up in controversy numerous times this season, including banishing team doctor Eva Carneiro from the bench and behing handed a £50,000 fine by the Football Association for saying officials were “afraid” to award his side penalties.
The Premier League champions have suffered their worst start to a top-flight season since 1978-79 and are 12th in the Premier League.
They have won just once in their last five games in all competitions and face fourth-placed West Ham United on Saturday.