Jose Mourinho has insisted he didn’t mean to protest against referee Paolo Tagliavento by making a handcuff gesture during Inter’s 0-0 draw with Sampdoria.
The Nerazzurri coach was handed a three-game touchline ban yesterday and a €40,000 fine for his antics after two of his players were sent off during the first half of Saturday's Serie A clash at the San Siro.
“That handcuff gesture was misinterpreted,” Mourinho’s spokesman Eladio Parames told Italian news agency ANSA.
“It had nothing to do with the referee. He meant to say a different thing: ‘You can even take me away and arrest me, but my team is strong and will win regardless, even if we play with nine men.”
Then Parames went on to re-ignite the feud with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis who reiterated yesterday that he would never hire Mourinho as the Partenopei’s boss.
“Jose would never work for him, not even for all the money in the world,” he said.
“In fact De Laurentiis does not have any money to buy Mourinho’s dignity.”