Jose Mourinho explains Crystal Palace ball-boy conversation

José Mourinho reveals that he spoke to a ball-boy at Selhurst Park to try and encourage him not to provoke players

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Chelsea boss José Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he spoke to a ball-boy at Selhurst Park in order to try and encourage him not to provoke his Chelsea players.

The Chelsea boss ran over to the youngster when he failed to release the ball quickly to defender Cesar Azpilicueta during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.

Mourinho insisted that he was simply warning the ball-boy that he could spark an angry reaction from his players if he fails to return the ball quickly enough.

I told him: ‘You do this, one day will somebody punch you’

Jose Mourinho

“I thought that Azpilicueta was going to do something that a player can do when he loses his emotional control,” said Mourinho.

“The kids are educated to do this, but if a player hits a ball boy, the person that educates them disappears.

“The ball boy stays and the player in trouble stays, that pushes the kids or punches the kid or kicks the kid. And the way Azpi was going I thought [he might] because the kids were doing that all the time.

“I went to stop Azpi and after that I had a chance to get the kid and the kid was cute. He came to me and I told him: ‘You do this, one day will somebody punch you’.

“Last year the same thing happened with Eden [Hazard] but the kids, it’s not their fault.”

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