They insulted me for 90 minutes: Mourinho defends taunting Juventus fans

first_imgJose Mourinho was in the middle of a controversy once again even as Manchester United forged an unikely comeback victory against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.Even as the on-field happenings were all in favour of Mourinho, his gesture towards the Juventus fans after the match divided opinions. Former United player Paul Scholes said in a post match show, “It’s not necessary for Jose to do that, but it’s everywhere he goes though. You need to win with a bit of class sometimes and just shake the manager’s hand. There’s no need for it but that’s just the way he is.”After the match, Mourinho put his hand behind his ear and snarled at the Juventus fans after a thrilling victory in Turin, that led to a cascade of howling whistles.With the win, United boosted their chances to making it to the knockout stages of the Champions League even as they remain on the second spot behind Juventus in the group.Jose Mourinho celebration!!! Juventus players pissed… NEXUS (@D9INE_2019) November 7, 2018Mourinho was defensive of his actions in the controversy and said that the fans insulted him and his family and in the heat of the moment, he just reacted.”If you understand Italian you will know that I was insulted by them for 90 minutes. I didn’t offend anyone, I just made a gesture to tell them that I wanted to hear them louder,” Mourinho told reporters.”I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have. But with my family insulted, including my Inter Milan family, I reacted like this.”advertisementMourinho’s reaction came on the day that the Football Association (FA) said it would appeal against a decision which saw him escape punishment for an alleged foul-mouthed outburst in Portuguese in front of television cameras following his side’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United last month.An independent regulatory commission had cleared Mourinho of the charge on October 31 after consulting language experts.Also read – Champions League: Manchester City, Real Madrid earn huge wins to close in on last-16When quizzed in a post-match interview with BT Sport about what had prompted his gesture to the Juventus fans and animated confrontation with some of their players after the game, Mourinho appeared to send a thinly veiled message to English football’s organising body.”Do you understand Italian? Then maybe ask the FA to translate for you,” he said.Despite Juventus hitting the woodwork twice and David de Gea making a string of great saves, Mourinho said he was pleased with his side’s performance after the team had been outplayed and beaten 1-0 by Juve two weeks previously at Old Trafford.”It is a fantastic victory for us, a victory that is not just about the points we lost at home. It is about the feeling of how well we played,” he said.”And I think even if this game doesn’t end with victory I would have the same feeling, that the team played really, really well from the first minute against — I repeat — a super team.”The thrilling finale in Turin is the latest in a series of epic turnaround victories for United, who beat Bournemouth 2-1 with an added-time goal from Marcus Rashford on Saturday and also rallied late to beat Newcastle in October.The comeback victory, the sort of escape act for which they became renowned under Sir Alex Ferguson, sets United up nicely for Sunday’s local derby against Premier League leaders Manchester City.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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