first_imgChelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni and Jose Mourinho were involved in a touchline melee after Chelsea scored a 96th-minute equaliser against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in Premier League.With the match ending in a 2-2 draw, Ianni performed an exuberant celebration right in front of Mourinho celebrating the equaliser. The Football Association (FA) on Tuesday fined Ianni 6,000 pounds for his actions.Getting annoyed by Ianni’s outlandish celebration, Mourinho had charged towards him but was stopped by the security. However, Ianni admitted the FA charge of “improper conduct” while Mourinho was “formally reminded of his responsibilities” by the FA but escaped any sanction.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had confirmed after the match that he had apologised to Mourinho for Ianni’s actions and the Chelsea assistant coach was later sent to Mourinho to do the same.Under-fire Jose Mourinho had been on the verge of delivering the perfect response to his critics on Saturday with Manchester United closing in on a second consecutive comeback win, at the home of his old club Chelsea to boot.But with only seconds remaining, Mourinho’s relaxed smiles gave way to snarls when the hosts snatched a last-gasp equaliser. Marco Ianni celebrated Chelsea’s last-gasp equaliser right in front of Jose Mourinho. (Reuters Photo) Jose Mourinho charged towards Marco Ianni after getting agitated by his actions. (Reuters Photo)Following the ugly melee at the end, as tempers cooled after the draw, the self-declared “Special One” stuck three fingers up to the home crowd, one for each of the league titles he won with the Londoners.advertisementChelsea fans, who once lauded their Portuguese hero by singing his name long and loud, responded to Mourinho’s behaviour with a far from adulatory version of the song.Just as during his two spells in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho is dominating the headlines, taking the attention away from his players unless, as in the case of Paul Pogba recently, they are involved in arguments with him.Also read – Jose Mourinho not interested in Real Madrid job, wants to stay at Manchester UnitedMourinho has been charged by the English Football Association for abusive language after a 3-2 win over Newcastle United this month, a match which Manchester United had been losing, adding to speculation that his job was on the line.United have lost ground on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table, having lost to Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United away and Tottenham Hotspur at home.Manchester City sit atop the points table with 26 points while Liverpool sit second with same points but due to a massive goal difference of 8 with City.Chelsea with 24 points and Arsenal with 22 complete the top four of the Premier League table.Manchester United are in the eighth spot, having won five, drawn two and lost three out of 10 league matches so far.(With Reuters inputs)last_img