Jose Mourinho has spoken about when he avoided a touchline ban in the UEFA Champions League as manager of Chelsea by hiding in a laundry basket.
"I go to the dressing room during the day so I was there from midday and the game is seven o'clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive.
"I went there and nobody saw me. The problem was to leave after. And Stewart Bannister the kit man put me in the basket. It was a little bit open so I could breathe.
"But when he is taking it outside the dressing room, the UEFA guys were following and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn't breathe! When he opened the box I was dying! I am serious! I was claustrophobic, I promise! It's true!"
Mourinho had been handed a two-game touchline ban by UEFA after he claimed Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has gone into referee Andres Frisk's dressing room at half-time of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to the Catalan giants in the first leg of their last-16 clash.
The ban meant Mourinho was able to watch the matches from the stands but not contact his players.
"He is not allowed in the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before and during the match. Nor is he allowed to get in contact with his players," said a UEFA spokesperson, per the Guardian's Rob Smyth.
Chelsea went on to win the match at Stamford Bridge 4-2 and progressed to the semi-finals 6-5 on aggregate.
Mourinho's side were knocked out of the tournament in the last four by Premier League rivals Liverpool, courtesy of a controversial goal by Luis Garcia that Chelsea claimed did not cross the line.
The Portuguese guided Chelsea to three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and a trio of League Cups in his two spells with the Blues but never managed to land the Champions League in his time in west London.