Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sensationally revealed that his players pay the fines if they are charged for surrounding referees.
Blues stars surrounded referee Bjorn Kuipers during Wednesday’s Champions League game with Paris St-Germain, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game with Southampton, a spiky Mourinho told journalists:
“If the players surround the referee we are charged and we have to pay a fine.
“If we do that the players pay the fine. We have eight or nine months and we were charged once and we paid for that.
“Go to the Premier League and see how many were charged. We were charged once.
“I had a meeting with the players, but I am working for the future. I don’t have to share with you. It was good and interactive.
“If you want to speak Champions League, you have to go to Wenger or Pellegrini. they have one match to play.
“We lost zero matches – we were not good enough to make the result we needed. We are out of the Champions League, so we speak about it next season. We need to finish in the top four.
“Only the champion is a head of the group, so we cannot be protected by the co-efficient next season.”
Mourinho also responded to criticism from Sky Sports pundits Greame Souness and Jamie Carragher after their Champions League exit.
Carragher called the players’ actions towards the referee as ‘disgraceful’ while Souness called Oscar’s play acting as ‘pathetic’.
The Special One added: “When Souness and Carragher speak about it they are having a problem for sure. The game finished and to close the Champions League chapter, I did that in the tunnel.
“One by one everyone from PSG I shook their hands and told them they deserved it.
“Jamie stopped two years ago and in two years he has forgotten everything. Mr Souness had stopped playing for a long time and he has done that.
I was at Benfica a couple of years after him, so I know a lot about him. I prefer to laugh, and I prefer to say that they envy is the biggest tribute to us from people in the shadows.”
Steve Osborne @Pack3rNa7ion