Mourinho faces revolt over backstabbing claims

Jose Mourinho faced a Real Madrid revolt on Sunday after he claimed his players were stabbing him in the back, sports daily Marca reported.

Marca claimed the combustible Portuguese coach had accused some of his stars of trying to betray him by conducting a whispering campaign in the press.

“You killed me in the mixed zone,” Mourinho was reported to have said to his players, referring to the bustling area where media get the opportunity to talk to players after matches.

“Obviously, as you Spanish are the world champions, your friends in the press will protect you.”

The fall-out between the coach and his team came in the aftermath of Madrid’s 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in the King’s Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Equaliser
Marca said that Mourinho had rowed with defender Sergio Ramos, who he claimed had not marked Carles Puyol closely enough, allowing the veteran Barca player to score the equaliser in Wednesday’s tie.

The newspaper even reported the pair’s heated exchange.

“Ramos: ‘We decided to change the marking positions [with Pepe].'”

“Mourinho: ‘So you are trying to be the coach?'”

“Ramos: ‘No, but sometimes you have to change the marking in a match. As you have never worn the shirt as a high-level player, you wouldn’t know that this situation sometimes presents itself.'”

Madrid was due to host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening, when they will bid to re-establish their five-point lead at the La Liga summit. — AFP

Advertisting

DA’s Moodey joins leadership race

The head of the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng says he wants to take his experience to the national level

Inside Uganda’s controversial ‘pregnancy crisis centres’, where contraception is discouraged

Undercover investigation shows that controversial US-linked centres are defying government policy and providing inaccurate medical information

Coronavirus reaction: Sinophobia with Western characteristics

Western media has racialised the coronavirus outbreak, leading to increased Sinophobia in several countries. Such dehumanisation of a race has no place in functioning democracies

Pam Golding facilitates African kleptocrats’ money laundering

Government must take steps to clean up the country’s dirty real estate market, which has long offered a safe haven for criminals
Advertising

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs