Jose Mourinho: Tottenham boss says he ‘was rude with an idiot’ before yellow card

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said he was “rude with an idiot” after admitting he “clearly deserved” the yellow card he was shown in his side’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton. Mourinho appeared to argue with someone on the Southampton bench shortly after Harry Kane had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.

Kane was forced off with a hamstring injury after the goal was ruled out. Mourinho appeared to look at a piece of paper on the Southampton bench. He was immediately shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean, which Mourinho later said he “accepted” after arguing with goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes over what is understood to be annoyance at time-wasting tactics.

“I was rude. But I was rude with an idiot. I clearly deserved the yellow card. I had bad words with the guy,” Mourinho told BT Sport, after his side fell six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table.

“There was of course a reason for it. I will not tell you but for some reason I had that reaction,” he added while speaking to Match of the Day.

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