Inter deny Mourinho claims

12 March 2009 05:19
Internazionale have denied claims that Jose Mourinho assaulted a fan after his side's Champions League defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Mourinho is at the centre of a police probe following a complaint of common assault made against him in the aftermath of the game. The Portuguese coach is alleged to have punched a supporter outside Old Trafford as he boarded the Inter team coach following their 2-0 defeat in the second leg of the last 16 tie. However, a statement from Inter read: "At the end of the game, the Portuguese tactician gave interviews to the European media, signed autographs, watched the penalties of the Roma v Arsenal game before saluting (Sir Alex) Ferguson in his office. "After giving the last interview to Inter Channel, he entered the team bus that was parked outside the dressing rooms and hence it was a very calm post-game experience." Earlier on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police confirmed they were investigating an allegation of common assault and had requested CCTV footage from United. "Shortly before midnight last night (Wednesday), a man reported that he had been punched in the face outside Old Trafford," read a police statement. "We are investigating an allegation of common assault."

Source: ESA