Chelsea coach charged over Mourinho melee

Man Utd boss Mourinho goes full Khabib after last-second equalizer in bout against Chelsea

Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Monday after his exuberant celebrations in front of the Manchester United bench sparked an altercation with Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho has launched an unexpected defence of Marco Ianni and urged Chelsea not to sack the coach for sparking the ugly spat at the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Yet, even immediately following the game, Mourinho accepted apologies from both Ianni and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

Mourinho told Sky Sports, "My message [at half time] was that against Newcastle that we needed a huge improvement to get back into the game but today we don't need huge improvement we just needed little details".

"I'm not happy that it is going too far with the young boy, I don't think he deserves more than what he got", Mourinho said.

Reuters  Andrew Couldridge
Reuters Andrew Couldridge

Two goals from Anthony Martial had put United on course for victory after Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring in the first half with a header. "I have spoken with the member of my staff and then I bring him to speak with Mourinho to say sorry to him".

As Mourinho's third season at United continues to unravel, a win over Chelsea would have been the flawless response to silence his critics.

"After that his assistant come to me in Sarri's office and apologised to me". Mourinho's expression says it all. "Then after the game, everyone was quiet and friendly", said the Chelsea ace.

Chelsea's fans goaded Mourinho following the touchline drama, prompting the United boss to hold three fingers up to home supporters after the final whistle, in reference to the number of Premier League titles he won at Stamford Bridge.

"I hope every referee does the same as Mike Dean and gives six minutes". "However, we worked hard and this sort of match enabled us to show that we are a good team. I understood that we were in the wrong side of the situation", he told the BBC.

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