Jose Mourinho in bust-up with Italian journalist
Journalists’ union demands action after ‘physical and verbal attack’ by Inter coach
He calls himself the Special One, but a few badly chosen words from former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could land him in serious trouble. According to reports from Milan, Moruinho, now the Inter coach, launched an over-the top attack – both physical and verbal - on a newspaper reporter following his team's 1-1 away draw with Atalanta on Sunday.
The journalist in question, Andrea Ramazzotti of the respected Corriere dello Sport paper, was called a "son of a whore" and a "shit" by Mourinho as he tried to grab a few words with one of the Inter players. When Ramazzoti persisted in his attempts to conduct an interview, Mourinho is said to have pushed him and told him to "fuck off back to the press room".
Mourinho, who won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, is in his second season at Inter and although he won the Serie A title in his first year, this season the Portuguese coach seems to be handling the pressure less well. He's already angered the Italian Sports Union of Journalists [SJA] with what the Daily Telegraph calls his "confrontational attitude towards reporters" and the journalists' union is reported to have asked Inter president Massimo Moratti to investigate this latest incident.
A statement from the SJA said: "The physical and verbal attack by Jose Mourinho on our colleague marks one of the lowest and most alarming moments in the relationship between football and the media. We demand that the sporting justice system takes action and, based on the law that considers clubs responsible for attacks on journalists, examine Mourinho's behaviour for potential sanctions."
It's not just journalists who have felt the wrath of Mourinho this season in Serie A. He watched Sunday's dreary 1-1 draw from the stands having been slapped with a touchline ban for mocking the officials during Inter's recent defeat to Juventus.
For the moment, the Special One is choosing his words more carefully but a statement on Inter's website says Mourinho will break his silence before Wednesday's cup tie against Livorno.