Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is believed to have been involved in a 20-man row in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening following their 2-2 draw with West Brom, during which he is said to have called defender Jonas Olsson a “Mickey Mouse player”.
The angry confrontation came after a tense and controversial ending to the Premier League encounter, following referee Andre Marriner’s decision to award a debatable penalty for Steven Reid’s challenge on Blues’ midfielder Ramires in the Baggies area.
Furious West Brom players, including Olsson, surrounded Marriner at the final whistle, although captain Chris Brunt did well to diffuse the situation and lead his players away.
However, it appears the trouble spilled over in the tunnel after the match. West Brom players and Mourinho confronted each other and reports suggest the Portuguese manager was told to “f*** off”, while he referred to Olsson as a "Mickey Mouse player". Chelsea have said that Mourinho did not start the row and was already in the home dressing room when the row started.
Mourinho and Olsson would then meet again just 30 minutes later as they left the dressing rooms to head towards the team busses, although they are said to have settled the disagreement before heading their separate ways.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke made it clear that he felt Marriner had cost his side two valuable points against the club that he used to work for during Mourinho’s first tenure, with the two still maintaining a close friendship that was highlighted in the build-up to the match.
Despite this, Mourinho launched a reserved attack on Marriner’s performance although he did support his decision to award a 95th minute penalty, instead focusing on a foul that he missed on Branislav Ivanovic in the build-up to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal.
“There is no doubt (it was a penalty),” said Mourinho after the match.
“And I am in no doubt that there is a big mistake from the referee for their second goal, so if someone has a reason to be upset (it is us).
“But I don't change my opinion, Andre is one of the best in England and Europe, for me. And I won't my opinion because he has one bad game.”
The Football Association has confirmed the referee's report did not include any mention of the fracas, and as such no action is anticipated from the governing body.