Mourinho denies hitting journalist

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Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has admitted he was involved in a verbal exchange with a journalist at the weekend, but denied any "physical contact" took place.

Mourinho was accused by the Italian Sport Union of Journalists (USSI) of "physical and verbal aggression" towards Corriere dello Sport reporter Andrea Ramazzotti after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Atalanta.

"I don't like to have journalists near the team bus after a game," said Mourinho.

"I said it many times before to those who are in charge of communication and safety at the club.

"Not knowing that this journalist had been authorised by one of my colleagues and seeing him in an area where only the Inter Channel is allowed to work, I came out of the bus and I insulted him twice.

"But I did not try to hit him, there was no physical contact."

Mourinho did not attend Sunday's post-match press conference as he was serving a one-game touchline ban.

Inter president Massimo Moratti confirmed earlier this week he would investigate the incident.

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