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Jose Mourinho's Most Controversial Moments with Chelsea

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterOctober 7, 2015

Jose Mourinho's Most Controversial Moments with Chelsea

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is embroiled in controversy again after making pointed remarks about the officiating in his side's 3-1 loss to Southampton in the Premier League over the weekend.

    According to Mourinho, the match official should have awarded Chelsea a penalty rather than booking Radamel Falcao for simulation.

    Mourinho's arguments should be judged on their merits, but there's no doubting that this is only the latest controversy for the Portuguese manager during his time in London.

    With this in mind, we've looked back on some of Mourinho's most controversial moments with Chelsea. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Charged for Misconduct After Southampton Rant

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    Following Chelsea's 3-1 loss at home to Southampton at the weekend, Mourinho embarked on a lengthy rant. The Portuguese manager claimed the Blues should have won a penalty in the second half when striker Falcao went to ground in the box during a challenge with Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

    Instead, referee Robert Madley showed the Colombian a yellow card for simulation. Replays suggested Falcao was already falling before he reached Stekelenburg, though the Southampton goalkeeper appeared to make contact. 

    As reported by the Daily Mail's Ashley Clements, Mourinho said:

    The result 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and a penalty is a crucial moment in the game with the result at 1-1, and I repeat that if FA wants to punish me they can punish me they don’t punish other managers but they punish me, it's not a problem for me.

    The full rant is available for viewing in the video that accompanies this slide.

    On Monday, the Football Association leveled a charge of misconduct against Mourinho, as noted on the FA's official website. Mourinho has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

The Eva Carneiro Situation

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    Eva Carneiro served as first-team doctor for Chelsea from 2011 until September 2015. The circumstances surrounding her departure from the club have become controversial.

    On the opening weekend of the season, Carneiro entered the pitch to treat Chelsea's Eden Hazard for what appeared to be an injury. Chelsea were defending a set-piece at that point in the match, and Mourinho was unhappy with Carneiro—and head physio Jon Fearn—for coming onto the pitch. 

    "I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive," Mourinho told Sky Sports (h/t BBC Sport). 

    The manager added: "I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired."

    Following the incident, Carneiro lost her place on the bench during matches and was not allowed to work at training sessions. She left her position in late September.

    In early October, the FA cleared Mourinho over charges that he had used sexist language while confronting Carneiro during the original incident. 

    The next day, Carneiro said the FA never asked her to testify about Mourinho's alleged abuse. FA board member Heather Rabbatts voiced "major concerns" over the FA's investigation. 

    “A highly respected medic, a woman at the top of her profession in football, has been mistreated, undermined, verbally abused and yet no one apart from Dr. Carneiro has faced significant consequences,” Rabbatts said, per the Guardian.

The 'Campaign' Against Chelsea

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    Controversy surrounded Chelsea's previous Premier League match against Southampton as well. In December 2014, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary's Stadium, and the game left Mourinho fuming. 

    The Chelsea manager believed referee Anthony Taylor should have awarded the Blues a penalty. In addition, Mourinho was upset that midfielder Cesc Fabregas had received a yellow card for simulation on the same play.

    "There is a campaign against Chelsea," Mourinho said, per BBC Sport. "I don't know why there is this campaign and I do not care."

    Exactly one month later, the FA fined Mourinho £25,000 for the comment and warned him as to his future conduct.

    Mourinho, for his part, later softened his stance, telling the Daily Telegraph:

    Maybe 'campaign' is not a nice word. It's a word which was even the subject of punishment because the word was strong. My feeling was that we had lots of mistakes against us, that punished us in crucial matches in a crucial period—December, January. I would take the word 'campaign' (out) if the same happened next season. It would be out of my vocabulary. But that feeling is clear. We had lots of decisions against us.

Wenger the 'Voyeur'

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    Mourinho has a long, hostile history with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, as the following slides will show.

    The start of the feud can perhaps be traced to 2005. After Wenger accused Mourinho of playing an overly defensive style, Mourinho fired back with a typically acidic response. Per the Daily Mirror:

    Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them—it is a sickness.

    Mourinho later expressed regret over the comment, per BBC Sport, but as it turned out, this was only the beginning.

The Meeting with Ashley Cole

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    Or perhaps the genesis of the Mourinho-Wenger feud lay in a certain incident involving Ashley Cole.

    In January 2005, reports surfaced that Cole had met with Mourinho and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in a London hotel. Cole ranked among the world's top full-backs at the time, and he was under contract with Arsenal.

    In colloquial terms, Chelsea had "tapped up" Arsenal's defender, who had attended the meeting without his current club's permission. On June 1 of the same year, the Premier League found all of Cole, Mourinho and Chelsea guilty of breaking league rules, as reported by the Guardian.

    Mourinho originally drew a £200,000 fine, but that fee was later reduced to £75,000, per BBC Sport. Cole signed with Chelsea in 2006.

    Cole had come through the ranks at Arsenal's youth academy, and the transfer saga left the club and Wenger feeling deeply bitter.

The 'Specialist in Failure'

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    During the winter of 2014, Wenger stoked the fire with Mourinho by suggesting that the Chelsea boss was playing down his side's chances of winning the Premier League because of a "fear to fail," per BBC Sport.

    Mourinho responded in classic style, highlighting Wenger's lack of trophies since 2005: "If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn't fail many times. Eight years without silverware, that's failure."

    The Chelsea boss wasn't nearly finished. He added, per BBC Sport"He's a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don't come back."

    Wenger responded by telling BT Sport (h/t Goal.com): "I do not want to go into silly, disrespectful remarks. I did not speak about him in my press conference and I won't do so again tonight. All I know is that it is more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me."

Wenger Shoves Mourinho

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    In Mourinho's defence, Wenger was the aggressor in this incident.

    During a heated part of a match between Wenger's Arsenal and Mourinho's Chelsea in October 2014, the Gunners' manager approached Mourinho along the touchline and shoved his counterpart. The FA did not charge Wenger for the incident.

    Mourinho claimed he would have drawn a ban if the roles were reversed.

    "I’m not surprised, I’m not surprised," he said, per the Daily Mail. "(Me) charged? Charged? If it was me it would have been a stadium ban."

Anders Frisk and Frank Rijkaard

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    Mourinho's Chelsea faced Barcelona in the 2004-05 Champions League knockout stage. The Blues advanced past Barca into the quarter-finals, but not without controversy.

    After the first leg, which saw Chelsea striker Didier Drogba sent off for two bookable offences, Mourinho implicitly accused referee Anders Frisk of colluding with Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard.

    "When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee's dressing room I couldn't believe it," Mourinho told Dez Record (h/t BBC Sport). "When Didier Drogba was sent off (after half-time) I wasn't surprised."

    UEFA banned Mourinho for two matches and fined Chelsea 75,000 Swiss francs (around £50,000), as reported by CNN International. Frisk, who was 42 at the time, retired in March after receiving "numerous threats," per FIFA.com

    The situation prompted an angry comment from Volker Roth, then the president of UEFA's refereeing committee. "People like Mourinho are the enemies of football," he said, per FIFA.com.

The Laundry Basket

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    After Chelsea eliminated Barcelona in that season's Champions League, the Blues faced Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. Chelsea advanced again despite Mourinho's touchline ban, beating the German side 6-5 over two legs.

    But in 2007, Matt Lawton at the Daily Mail reported that Mourinho had taken extreme measures to work around the ban. According to Lawton, the Chelsea boss hid in a laundry basket in order to enter the dressing room and deliver his pre-match talk.

    Lawton also reiterated previous accusations leveled at Mourinho. In 2005, for instance, various observers had noted that Chelsea assistant Rui Faria appeared to wear an earpiece that allowed him to communicate with Mourinho.

    In addition, goalkeeping coach Silvinho Louro left the touchline for the dressing room in the second half, returning with pieces of paper that allegedly held instructions written by Mourinho.

The Liverpool 'Ssshhh'

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    Mourinho claimed his first piece of silverware in England as Chelsea beat Liverpool in the 2005 Carling Cup final.

    Liverpool led through John Arne Riise's first-minute opener, but Chelsea pulled level in the 79th minute as Steven Gerrard headed into his own net. Mourinho celebrated by placing his index finger to his mouth in a "shh" gesture.

    The action led to Mourinho's dismissal, but Chelsea won the match—and the cup—3-2 after extra-time. 

    "I have a lot of respect for Liverpool fans. What I did, the sign of silence—'shut your mouth'—was not for them," Mourinho said, per BBC Sport. "It was for the English press."

    Regardless, the action was incendiary, as the reaction of Liverpool's fans (see the video that accompanies this slide) illustrated.

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