A melee erupted on the touchline after Ross Barkley’s late equaliser between Chelsea and Manchester United as Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Marco Ianni incensed Mourinho when he celebrated in his face following the equaliser.
Players, coaches and stewards got involved in the melee that saw Mourinho chase Ianni into the tunnel before being held by his players and assistant.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho said about the incident: “I’m not annoyed with anything. What happened with Sarri’s assistant and Sarri was the first person to come to me and say he would resolve the problem internally with him.
“After that the assistant came to my office and apologised to me. I immediately accept the apology if he means it. I said forget it, because I make mistakes too.
“Forget it, it’s over. He apologised and it’s over.”
Sarri also confirmed that he apologised to Jose and took Ianni along with him to render an apology to the Manchester United manager.
And now, reports claim Chelsea’s hierarchy are ‘angry and embarrassed’ by the touchline fracas that resulted from coach Marco Ianni celebrating in front of Jose Mourinho’s face at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are furious with the coach, who spent two years under Sarri at Napoli, and will back whatever punishment he serves out.
The board believes his actions fell well below the standard expected of a club staff, and are embarrassed by his decision to leave his seat and celebrate in front of the United bench.
It is expected now that a punishment will be handed to Ianni for his actions.