Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jose Mourinho banned and fined over 'handcuffs' gesture



Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho
Mourinho has not endeared himself to Italian officials

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has received a three-game touchline ban and been fined 40,000 euros (£35,000) after strongly criticising officials.

Mourinho made a "handcuffs" gesture after seeing Inter's Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba sent off and Samuel Eto'o booked against Sampdoria.

The gesture has been interpreted as a way of suggesting his side have been victimised by referees in Serie A.

Mourinho had also insulted the officials at half-time in the 0-0 draw.

Samuel and Cordoba were both dismissed in the first half of the match, while Eto'o was booked for allegedly diving.

When Eto'o received the yellow card, Mourinho burst out laughing and made the "handcuffs" gesture in front of photographers and TV cameras.

More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/8529113.stm

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