‘I’ll never be the same again’ – Mourinho hits out at stadium ban

The Portuguese coach says things will change regarding his approach to football as Chelsea prepare to face Stoke on Saturday without their manager allowed into the stadium

Jose Mourinho says “everything will be different” about how he manages Chelsea after hitting out at his one-game stadium ban from the Football Association.

Mourinho will not be allowed to attend Saturday’s trip to Stoke after the FA activated a suspended one-game stadium ban following the Portuguese coach’s half-time dismissal at West Ham.

The FA published referee Jon Moss’ report from the match on Friday, detailing Mourinho’s expletive-laden rant in the officials’ dressing room.

Moss’ report read: “[Mourinho] shouted that you f****** referees are weak… Wenger is right about you…you are f****** weak.”

Asked about the punishment, Mourinho told reporters: “I’ve been banned from the bench before but this is a stadium ban, stopping me working.

“It will make me change. Change everything, change everything. The dimension of my punishment, and the stadium ban that stays suspended [for comments made after the Southampton defeat], obviously affects everything.

“My answers to questions, obviously, are going to be different. The way I participate with the game, obviously, is going to be different.”

Mourinho hinted that he is being treated differently to other managers, citing Jurgen Klopp’s animated reactions during Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge last weekend as a “message” from the FA.

“I had a game a few days ago where I stood for 90 minutes on my side,” he said. “The other manager was jumping like Michael Jordan and nothing happened.

“So, for me, I know everything is different. I have to adapt to it. I think the message that the power want to give me is more than clear.”

When Mourinho was asked whether his recent punishments may force him to look abroad for another club, he added: “I don’t know.

“In the future, we are going to have lots of managers with stadium bans because a stadium ban should relate to something really, really serious in terms of aggression, words I don’t want to use.”

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