LONDON, February 12- José Mourinho walked out of a BBC interview and threatened to abort his press conference when he was asked whether he was concerned Branislav Ivanovic would face a retrospective charge of violent conduct for his apparent headbutt on the Everton substitute, James McCarthy.
Mourinho cut short the questions with the BBC – “Sorry, see you tomorrow” – and also made it clear he would walk out if he was pressed on the incident by newspaper journalists.
The Blues needed a last-minute strike from Willian to secure a 1-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge this week, but things turned ugly in the closing stages after Nemanja Matic had a goal ruled out when Ivanovic was adjudged to have been off-side and impeding goalkeeper Tim Howard’s view.
Toffees midfielder Gareth Barry then tripped Willian to earn a second yellow card and subsequent sending off, before a melee between the two sets of players saw Ivanovic motion his head towards that of James McCarthy.
The Serbian defender managed to avoid punishment from referee Jonathan Moss, meaning he could face retrospective action from the Football Association, but Mourinho reacted angrily to questions regarding the incident, having recently landed himself in hot water with English football’s governing body for comments he made regarding what the Portuguese tactician claimed was a “clear campaign” against his side.
“I’m concerned with my reaction, because one more question (and) I leave,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“And after that you are not happy. The next question for that story I have to go.”
Mourinho went on to suggest Barry should have been sent off in the first-half after two fouls in quick succession, before seemingly sarcastically congratulate both the match officials for a series of questionable decisions.
“I’m tired of stories and I’m never tired of football,” Mourinho added. “Football is emotion and what we had here today.
“A discussion because of a red card, a red card that should be given in the first half, because Barry should be sent off in the first half.
“He pulled Hazard. The second yellow card should be given there.
“I think it’s a clear penalty. I also think the referee had a fantastic performance. The official that disallowed the goal, it was a fantastic decision.”