Jose Mourinho Loses Legal Battle Against Marca Writer Roberto Palomar

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2013

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 01:  Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea looks on from the bench during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea at the National Arena Stadium on October 1, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho was "The Special One" during his first tenure at Chelsea and dubbed himself "The Happy One" when he returned. But a judge didn't see things Mourinho's way when he took a stab at being "The Litigious One."

Mourinho sued Marca writer Roberto Palomar after the latter compared Mourinho to a a "typical hit-and-run driver" in an article, but on Wednesday, judge Sagrario Arroyo Garcia ruled against him.

From Dermot Corrigan of ESPN:

The article was published on Sept. 17, 2012 at a time when Mourinho's Real Madrid side was not playing well amid Cristiano Ronaldo's claims of 'sadness' and the worsening of relations between Mourinho and players including Iker Casillas. It argued that the Portuguese coach did not take responsibility for his own mistakes, and he was the type of person who would cause a mess and not stick around to fix it.

Mourinho was not impressed and ordered his lawyers to sue for retraction, while also seeking 15,000 euros in damages which he would donate to the youth team in Madrid for which his son played at the time.

On Wednesday, judge Sagrario Arroyo Garcia rejected that plea, ruling that "the freedom of information and expression of the accused must prevail, so the legal action has been rejected."

Mourinho had his share of spats with the press in the past—namely the Spanish press—but suing Palomar took things to a different level.

Though it seemed Mourinho was pleased to be back in England after a contentious year with Real Madrid, it didn't take long for him to walk out of a press conference this season with Chelsea, doing so a month ago after growing displeased with a line of questioning centering around Kevin De Bruyne. 

In general, however, it has been smooth sailing for The Special One. Chelsea are second on the Premier League table and just knocked league-leading Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win. 

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Jose Mourinho (L) of Real Madrid and goalkeeper Iker Casillas listen to questions from the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Lyon at the Valdebebas training g
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Mourinho's final tenure with Real Madrid was far rockier. He fell out with Real Madrid veterans like Iker Casillas, Pepe and Sergio Ramos. While Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to speak on the matter, it is believed there was tension between Real's star and their manager toward the end of last season.   

Perhaps with his lawsuit against Palomar being dismissed, Mourinho will now have some closure from his time in Madrid and can turn to making sure his second tenure with Chelsea continues to be a far smoother experience.


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