Tuesday June 9 2020
Only in Serie A: Mourinho's handcuffs

Jose Mourinho may be renowned for his turn of phrase, but a particular gesture at Inter arguably spoke louder than any soundbite...

Words: Livio Caferoglu

Inter’s 2009-10 campaign will go down as the greatest in the club’s history, but it wasn’t without controversy. Indeed, there was a point in the season when Jose Mourinho threatened to derail it with his crusade against referees. Throughout his career, the Tottenham Hotspur boss has regularly adopted a siege mentality as a way to fire up his troops in battle. Nowhere more so was that evident than on the blue side of San Siro, where he dared to pick a fight with the FIGC.

The Nerazzurri were top of Serie A going into their February 25 fixture against Sampdoria, but Roma and Milan were both closing the gap. Mourinho was already in a foul mood at his pre-match press conference. “I don’t stick my head in the sand, I know there is only one team [in Italy] that has a penalty area 25 metres long,” he said, sarcastically referring to when Juve were awarded a spot-kick against Genoa the week before, despite Alessandro Del Piero being felled outside the box.

Inter dominated Samp, who themselves ended the game with 10 men, but their shooting boots evaded them and they were forced to settle for a goalless draw. However, their cause wasn’t helped by referee Paolo Tagliavento sending off two of Mourinho’s players before half-time. Walter Samuel was shown a second yellow card for barely brushing Nicola Pozzi near the penalty area, before Ivan Cordoba suffered the same fate just minutes later for catching Pozzi late in a 50-50. Tagliavento, it seemed, couldn’t wait to whip out his book again.

Mourinho couldn’t hide his emotions any longer and he proceeded to cross his wrists towards TV cameras, in a gesture that resembled a pair of handcuffs. Moments later, fans joined in protesting the apparent injustice, throwing objects at officials and letting off firecrackers. His actions earned him a three-match touchline ban and a €40,000 fine. “You can take me away, arrest me, but my team is strong and will win anyway, even if we are reduced to nine men,” he bit back through a spokesperson.

The ex-Chelsea coach laid low for the next few days, until he snapped after the Beneamata beat his former club 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League Last-16 tie. “I have recently heard a new Italian term,” he fumed. “I am told that we ‘have to tone it down’. Well let’s ‘tone it down’.

“It was by ‘toning it down’ that you Italians have created a story that I, as a professional in the world of football, as a person who earns his living in football, was terribly ashamed of. Your Calciopoli was shameful. At the time I was working in Portugal, and it shamed me to feed my family with money earned in football.”

The storm saw the AIA (Italian Referees’ Association) threaten to go on strike, outraged by Mourino’s suggestion that its members were plotting against his team. It also sparked a long-running feud between Inter and Tagliavento, who was adamant he’d done nothing wrong during Samp’s trip to San Siro. “That was my breakthrough. I showed I could officiate at the highest level. And on the pitch I was calm, I knew I’d made the right decisions, including the two red cards to Inter players.”

Ultimately, the controversy only served to spur on the Beneamata in their conquest of Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Champions League. “The more we focused on the Champions League, the more difficulties we had in the League,” the Portuguese wrote in a photobook of his career. “We had some defeats, and we were up against a very strong Roma, but I always had the feeling that the referees had a campaign of errors against us.

“At one point I started coaching the team to play 10 against 11, to be ready in case we had a man sent off. However, I forgot to do 9 v 11, as against Sampdoria when they sent two of our players off.” Mourinho was true to his word – Inter did win anyway, and he became a hero to the fans.

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Have your say...
@ Anons - Can you please take different names, it is easier to tell one idiot from the other. Juventus are obsessed with the CL and treble, thats why the spent 250m on grandad. Ha ha ha ha. It will never happen. Uk and German referees cannot be bought. Ha ha ha ha.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 1:25pm
Think about it this way. You are so sad Moggi, You watched 22 men run around on a field for 10 years, for No Reason hahahahaha hahahahaha what enjoyment do you seriously get by saying the same things over and over that nobody cares about. Do you somehow enjoy reading your own writing for some strange reason. Your weak little mind couldn’t handle the truth and now you don’t know what to write lol so the Serie a title is back to being worthless for some magical reason because you can’t win it lol.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 11:23am
1. The Serie A title is part of your treble lol
2. You are still the only person talking about your treble or who cares about it. For what reason we will never know.
3. This is the same league you are trying very hard to win and become relevant again in.
4. Something is seriously wrong with you mentally lol. Poor max wasted his time trying to help you out. But no, let’s keep up the delusions and utter stupidity. Oh well not my lame inter team, not my problem.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 11:14am
Dad 'why dont Italian clubs win european competitions anymore?' 'Who cares son - go and watch the Godfather Part II and you might understand'
on the 12th June, 2020 at 7:19am
It seems Inter being the only Italian Treble winners really hurts the fans of other clubs and increasingly so because unless Atalanta pull it off it will be another decade + before any Italian club wins the CL again. Well done Platini & Juventus enjoy w'winning'your parochial league.
on the 12th June, 2020 at 7:17am
@max lol Even though this article is created by a Milan fan. In their sad irrelevant world, some inter fans will still find a way to blame juve for this. This is all they hold on to lol you have now given them a reason to go more insane hahahah Sad thing is this information has been available for years lol. I would be sad and angry also if my team did not win in, NINE YEARS!!!!!! Hahahahhahaha.
on the 11th June, 2020 at 5:34pm

lol @ inter fans thinking theyre so honorable.

Nothing but a bunch of evidence tamperers.
But real justice has been done. Had a little time in the sun after they conspired to bring down juventus and now theyre owned by the chinese and it will be lifetime before they lift another trophy.

Go back into your hole.
on the 11th June, 2020 at 12:21pm
LOL Oh don't worry @Luciano Im good at math. Pls take your time and do the calculation of how much money inter has spent in 10 years. You will see the number is huge, reach over a billion, thus my point is relevant that inter is... TRASH.
on the 11th June, 2020 at 8:15am
PS: I got these facts from Wikipedia :)

Oddly there, nowhere is written Jose made a pact with Devil for INCREDIBLE LUCK his Porto received in CL that year. (Will have to make that entry myself...)

(Mourinho did surprise me from time to time with his teams, where he shockingy squeezed great performances out of them, especially in matches that counted.)

(He's still a hypocrite. Play-acting or genuine.)
on the 10th June, 2020 at 5:27pm
In 2004, Porto sensationally eliminated Manchester United at the death --How Mourinho celebrated that LUCK will remain iconic forever. (--Scholes goal for 2-0 was scratched for non-existent offside.)
Next, they faced Lyon, Deportivo... & Monaco in final. Uf, what a hard road for them. Even Juventus would win CL against those opponents! (Meh, probably not.)

Since then, Mourinho always coached teams packed with superstar players
--Similar to Ronaldo's "going to Juve to prove he can win Scudetto".
on the 10th June, 2020 at 5:10pm
truly punished for it. They have a term for this. It's called a scape goat.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 4:54pm
@ I miss Luciano Moggi When everyone was hoarding toilet paper, were you hoarding tinfoil hats? Yes, Juve is the evil empire and Inter are saints. That club was mismanaged for DECADES. You handed Seedorf and Pirlo to Milan on a silver platter, never mind swapping Cannavaro for Carini. But sure blame it on huge conspiracies.

And by the way, there was never any proof that Juve bribed referees. Sure they tampered with the referee designator, as did a lot of other clubs, and the were the only ones
on the 10th June, 2020 at 4:54pm
@I miss Luciano Moggi @ Juventus,

Mourinho is a hypocrite. I can name COUNTLESS times where he looked at a footage where his player EVIDENTLY dived and he said with a serious face: "That's a penalty! 100%."

I do believe it's all part of his showmanship: Taking media's pressure from players onto himself. He's great at that & motivating players.

I suspect Ano is the same... He's just teasing us, knowing well what he's saying is full of contradictions & nonsense ;)
on the 10th June, 2020 at 4:41pm
@ Totti You use Wikipedia - clearly not an academic.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 3:58pm
Jose won the CL with Porto. Imagine Porto! On a shoestring budget of rejects and has beens. When Rubentus had to drag the previous CL to penalties and lost in a borefest. Oporto won the Europa League the year before. The hypocrites are the ones who deny his man management skills. There should be an MBA named after him. He won the two CLs in normal time scoring 5 goals and conceding 0. What a record.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 3:57pm
@ Trash - Inter spent Billions? Really. Where did you learn to count. They couldnt spend billions because they were hamstrung bu corrupt Rubenti Platini's Farcical fair Play. Meanwhile Rubentus spend 250m on a 35 year old who cannot win them the CL.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 3:51pm
ANON @ Listen'little soldier' who has given you the right to decide what anyone says is irrelevant. You dont even have the balls to put a name other than Anon. Rubentus have spent EUR 500 trying to win the champs League, a trophy they could only ever win by before by dragging the game to penalties and Boniek diving nearer the halfway line than the box.But stiill no good annd the players loand fans l;ose control of their bodily functions at the prospect of facing Real or Liverpool.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 3:48pm
Seriously both of you are deluded and weird. You can’t say your team is relevant when you win trophies once every ten or twenty YEARS. Your entire lives have changed since the last time either of your teams won a trophy. What do you even watch football for? Hahaha to hope Juventus lose and you can be hateful and bash them for no reason? You do this because your lives are insignificant and you are not special. Carry on hahahahhahaha losers .
on the 10th June, 2020 at 12:15pm
Moggi you are the same person that said inter cheated “ a little “ lol I’ll I already told you anything coming out your mouth is irrelevant from now on. Same as I told you nobody but you thinks inter is a relevant team, hence the reason you alone came to Try and defend that garbage palace. Anyway have a good day and it is already impossible for you to not sound stupid. Carry on wasting ppls time and yours posting your hateful and jealous crap around here. Hahahahahahahah
on the 10th June, 2020 at 12:00pm
@Zabrotta cont -in 2005, the answer will be for all fair minded football fans 'because Rubentus were found to be cheating for the previous 10 + years, they were punished by demotion to Seria B, and to get the club back on track, they got a criminal to introduce Farcical fair Play to hamstring the Milan clubs, but they couldnt win in Europe because they could not buy the referees, and everyone had to listen to a whingefest from them ever spring.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 11:40am
@ Zambrotta - And cheats are going to cheat. If you had any intelligence whatsoever you would realise that the SOL is a straw man argument. Sure revoke all the domestic trophys Inter won in the decade leading up to 2006 - but they didnt win any because Rubentus were bribing referees or threatening them with violence, and no matter how many appeals will be brought this will always stand, the same as Inter's treble. And when the question is asked for fortuity'Dad why is there no Scudetto winner
on the 10th June, 2020 at 11:37am
@ I miss Luciano Moggi Like I said, whiners gonna whine. Maybe its time your team brings another "scandal" to light where all the evidence implicating your team is conveniently hidden and only emerges after statutes of limitation, so you can win something again and can brag about it for decades to come because it's the only way they know how to win.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 8:56am
@ Anon. get a grip man, you are contradicting yourself. What part of being the only Italian club to WIN the treble makes Inter LOSERS? You should really edit your posts to avoid, well, looking stupid at the very least.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 8:04am
Oh past glory, inter has spent billions but still no trophy in 10 years. Oh inter, Oh trash.. Inter is TRASH.
on the 10th June, 2020 at 6:24am
PS: Inter in Coppa won fairly. They did just enough, playing to their strengths.
They had a GREAT RUN in CL (Barca, Bayern...)!
In league they had help/ luck... but also dropped focus towards the end when Roma beautifully overtook them --CL run took some toll on Inter.

We can congrat them on treble.
Why don't you win "another" anonymous?
on the 10th June, 2020 at 12:57am
Tagliavento had a good game:
Samuel's second yellow was a bit weak... but he did raise his hand/elbow to opponent's face. Ref showed courage on that one.
Some of you don't know rules it seems --Where was Cordoba when Samp shot that free kick?? Right.

Urban Sombrero, I aggree with you, but NOT ON OFFSIDE!
--It's either offside or it isn't! SIMPLE!!!
If it's too hard to tell, then ref's decision stands.

I don't want "Ronaldo was only 5 cm in offside...!"
Yes. He was. IN OFFSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 10th June, 2020 at 12:39am
I updated Wikipedia's entry on hypocrite: added Mourinho's image to it & a segment on Inter fans whining about Juve even though they come IMMEDIATELY AFTER Juventus in ref-favoured hierarchy!
Hope Wiki approves it.

I watched almost every Inter game in 2009-10 --My Interista co-worker was weekly EMBARRASSED about the help Inter received from refs. Without it Inter would had at least 10 points less in the end!
That said, Roma can blame only themselves for Samp game. It was bizzare & truly unlucky
on the 10th June, 2020 at 12:14am
Your only unique treble that only y ok remember or care about hahahah why don’t you win another ? Or anything for that matter lol. Relax in the corner Moggi, Calciopoli part 2 might come and you will get to pretend to be relevant again. But NO! Moggi, that will not be happening so that means nothing for you ever again. Hahah hahahahah !!!! Hating loser.
on the 9th June, 2020 at 10:34pm
@ Zambrotta - you are writing complete nonsense once again. The only one that was a yellow was Cordoba's second. Though I have to say the forwards reaction after he realised he was not man enough to challenge Samuel was priceless. Have a look at his face - he looks like he is having a hot poker shoved up his rear as he dives to the ground. LOL. Of course all these things are the reason why our UNIQUE TREBLE is such a priceless memory.
on the 9th June, 2020 at 5:20pm
on the 9th June, 2020 at 11:53am

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