Jose Mourinho and West Brom defender Jonas Olsson were reportedly involved in a tunnel fracas after Chelsea’s controversial 2-2 draw with the Baggies.
Both individuals had watched on as referee Andre Marriner provided the Blues with a late penalty after Ramires was alleged to have been fouled in the area.
West Brom players surrounded the official out of protest, believing the Brazilian was already heading to ground before contact had been made, leaving tempers frayed as Mourinho and Olsson entered the changing rooms, as reported by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail Online:
Initially, the duo were embroiled in a foul-mouthed slanging match, with Mourinho calling Olsson a 'Micky Mouse player' while the Swede told the Blues manager to 'f*** off'.
The clash sparked an ugly melee in the Stamford Bridge tunnel, involving up to 20 players from both sides before match-day stewards and coaching staff quickly moved in to de-escalate the confrontation.
Such reports underline the high stakes of a match that threatened to end a run of form that has never seen Mourinho lose a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. As reported by Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star, the Portuguese manager’s record now stands at 66 and counting.
Steve Clarke’s side—who previously overcame Manchester United with an exciting Old Trafford performance—were seconds away from capturing a moment of history before Eden Hazard’s last-second penalty clinched a point for the struggling hosts.
Was the alleged foul on Ramires a penalty?
Chelsea failed to significantly bounce back from defeat against Newcastle and are now four points away from Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.
Southampton and Liverpool also sit above the Blues, a side that have won three of their last six top-flight games, per WhoScored.
As noted in Mokbel’s report, Mourinho and Olsson patched things up before leaving the stadium.
Although the Chelsea boss believes Marriner's decision was correct, he’ll still be majorly disappointed by his team’s inability to push on after the recent win over Manchester City.