Spokesman: Mourinho stands by antics
Jose Mourinho is not going to apologize for his behavior during his team's recent 3-2 loss to Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup, his spokesman said Sunday.
Eladio Parames told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that ''Jose will not ask for forgiveness. He firmly believes that he was defending the interests of Real Madrid.''
The Portuguese coach poked a finger in the eye of Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova after a wild tackle by Madrid defender Marcelo on Barcelona newcomer Cesc Fabregas sparked a scuffle between the two sides at Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday.
Mourinho was also seen making inappropriate gestures toward Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Daniel Alves. He later made a derogatory remark about Vilanova in the postgame news conference and accused Barcelona's ball boys of time wasting, saying the tactic was something a ''small-time'' club would do.
Parames said that the former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan coach has not been swayed by the criticism he has received in both the foreign and local media.
''(Mourinho) doesn't care what the press says, he only cares about what Madrid's fans think,'' Parames said.
Last season, Madrid and Barcelona played four matches in 18 days in April which were characterized by fights, diving and accusations of feigned injuries. That eventually led to Mourinho being banned for five matches for alleging that referees and UEFA favored Barcelona.
Neither Spanish powerhouse played this weekend after the first week of the Spanish league was delayed due to a strike by players seeking a new collective bargaining deal with improved salary guarantees.