Fan 'punched by Jose' - police probe supporter's claim after United clash

13 March 2009 10:26
Jose Mourinho will be interviewed by English police after being accused of punching a Manchester United supporter in the wake of Inter Milan's loss at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Greater Manchester Police last night revealed that the former Chelsea manager is being investigated after a fan believed to be from East Anglia complained that he had been assaulted as he waited by the Inter team bus. The controversial coach is believed to have been forcing his way through a throng of supporters at around midnight after finishing his media duties and sharing a drink with Sir Alex Ferguson after Inter's 2-0 Champions League defeat.

Defeat: Mourinho's team lost at Manchester United last night

Mourinho, 46, is alleged to have lashed out at a fan who had been one of many chanting: 'You're going home, you're going home'. An hour or so earlier in his post-match press conference he had quipped that anyone who wanted to criticise him would have to 'fight' him first, though it is not thought that he meant his comments to be taken literally. Mourinho was not contactable in Italy yesterday, having given a press conference at Inter's training ground minutes before the news of the allegation broke in England. Man Utd 2 Inter 0 (agg 2-0): Ronaldo caps special show to put United through

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However, the Italian club did move to claim Mourinho was innocent. A spokesman said: 'As far as we are concerned, nothing happened. The coach was surrounded by several hundred people and Jose was simply making his way back to it so they could go to the airport. 'We are obviously aware of this allegation as it is being reported in the Italian media, but as far as we are concerned nothing happened. There is no truth in it.' The area outside Old Trafford where the visiting team's coach pulls up is usually guarded heavily by stewards and security for 90 minutes or so after the game. It is possible, though, that this security may have been scaled down on Wednesday by the time that Mourinho eventually went to leave the stadium.

Clash: United's Wayne Rooney and Inter Milan's Ivan Cordoba last night

Eyewitnesses from the Italian media, waiting outside the stadium for another word with Mourinho, claimed last night that nothing untoward happened. Police from Manchester may now have to travel to Italy to speak to Mourinho or demand that he returns to answer their questions.Officers were last night studying CCTV footage from outside the stadium and a police spokeswoman said: 'Shortly before midnight last night a man reported that he had been punched in the face outside Old Trafford. 'We are investigating an allegation of common assault.' The supporter involved was not injured and did not require hospital treatment but he contacted police shortly afterwards. United would only confirm they are aware of the allegation and would make no further comment. Mourinho is known to hold ambitions of returning to the Barclays Premier League as Sir Alex Ferguson's eventual successor at Old Trafford and clearly this incident whether it is proven or not will not do much to help his case. Earlier, he had exchanged high-fives with United fans as he entered the field before the game and had been applauded off the field by some of them at the end.

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