The reasons for Jose Mourinho's one-game stadium ban against Stoke City have been made public. The Chelsea manager had embarked on a diatribe against referee Jon Moss at half time following his decision to show Nemanja Matic a double yellow, which brought the Blues down to 10 men eventually costing them the game.
Mourinho had reportedly entered the referee's quarters but refused to step out when asked to do so and had to be escorted out of the room by West Ham security manager Simon Sutton. His behaviour and language in the presence of match officials were deemed improper and seen as bringing the game to disrepute. The manager was handed another monetary fine and asked to sit out of the game against Stoke at the Britannia.
"When myself and my colleagues left the field ... at half time, as we entered the tunnel area to get to our dressing room, Mr Mourinho ... was waiting for us clearly agitated and began aggressively asking about first half decisions," Moss said in a statement, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Rather than publicly speak to him I asked him to step into the entrance of my dressing room escorted by Simon Sutton, the West Ham Security Manager. Mr Mourinho asked me about a tackle, an offside and a goal line clearance. I gave him brief answers to his questions.
"After this I asked him to leave the dressing room area. He refused. I asked him again. After he refused again I asked Mr Sutton to escort him from the room."
Mourinho had referenced Arsene Wenger yet again and shouted that Moss's attitude vindicated the Frenchman's statement when he called referee Mike Dean "weak and naive" following Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, when Gabriel was sent off for an altercation with Diego Costa. His behaviour had deeply offended the referee, who asked him to forgo his position on the touchline and make his way into the stands for the second half.
"At this point Mr Mourinho became very aggressive and animated. He shouted that 'you f***ing referees are weak ... (Arsene) Wenger is right about you ... you are f***ing weak'. I advised Mr Mourinho not to take his position in the technical area for the second half due to his actions," Moss added. The manager has another stadium ban that can be instigated should he cross the line on again.