Jose Mourinho Reportedly Escapes FA Action After Chelsea Tunnel Bust-Up

Greg JohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportNovember 13, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks to return the ball to Jonas Olsson of West Brom during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Further questions may be asked of the Football Association's disciplinary procedures following news that Jose Mourinho is to escape punishment for his part in an alleged 20-man tunnel bust-up following Chelsea's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, according to Ian Edwards of ESPN FC:

The FA have confirmed to ESPN that there is no written mention from (ref Andre) Marriner of the scenes, which also included Albion defender Gareth McAuley and captain Chris Brunt confronting the Chelsea manager.

Eden Hazard scored a stoppage-time winner from the spot after Ramires went down in the West Brom area.
Eden Hazard scored a stoppage-time winner from the spot after Ramires went down in the West Brom area.Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Regardless of whether he remains the special one or just happy to be back in England, Mourinho can perhaps count himself lucky that referee Andre Marriner was unable to report on the post-match incident that turned the backroom area of Stamford Bridge into a melee.

Tensions reportedly overflowed in the tunnel after Mourinho was confronted by a number of West Brom players who were unhappy that Chelsea had been awarded a contentious penalty late in the game to deny the visitors all three points.

Gareth McAuley, Liam Ridgewell, Jonas Olsson and Baggies captain Chris Brunt were among the players to approach the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager, who is rarely off the back pages of the national sporting press.

In response to their remonstrations, Mourinho is said to have called Olsson a "Mickey Mouse player" playing for a "Mickey Mouse" club, as reported by ESPN.

Mourinho: antagonist and pot stirrer, par excellence.
Mourinho: antagonist and pot stirrer, par excellence.Getty Images/Getty Images

Yet Marriner felt unable to comment on the matter when asked for his version of events by the FA's disciplinary board, having not witnessed the skirmish himself, and no mention was made of the events in the referee's match report.

The FA recently bowed to pressure over retrospective action in regards to video evidence and violent play, as outlined on its official website. The governing body used to only intervene if the referee had not seen the "coming-together" of two players, but it can now dish out retrospective action if an official sees the incident but his vision is restricted.

The ban for Fulham's Sascha Riether due to his stamp on Adnan Januzaj became the first post-hoc punishment of its kind, as reported by James Riach of The Guardian.

There were seemingly plenty of witnesses regarding the Stamford Bridge tunnel incident, per ESPN's report, which raises the question as to why an investigation cannot take place over this episode.

However, with no TV evidence to review, Mourinho will face no further action for any part he played in the spat, leaving him free to prepare Chelsea for their next game with West Ham.