To say that Chelsea were left red-faced, after getting knocked out of the FA Cup to League One outfit, Bradford City is an understatement. However, what was even more embarrassing for the Portuguese manager was the refusal of a handshake by Bradford manager Phil Parkinson.
Earlier, Mourinho had said that the losing to Bradford would be a disgrace. This is not the first time this has happened to Mourinho as previously, the Aston Villa duo of Paul Lambert and Roy Keane refused to shake his hand.
The Bradford boss said that he did not want to shake Mourinho’s hand prematurely as there was time left on the clock. Parkinson said, “He [Mourinho] came over to shake hands but at that point there was still three-and-a-half minutes left and I wasn’t getting drawn into that.”
“You know that if Chelsea got one [goal] back even at that late stage, and with their world class players on the pitch, they could easily have got a second [goal] so we wanted to concentrate on what we had to do and see the game through.”
“He came in the dressing room afterwards [though] and shook everyone’s hands – crediting the lads for their performances, which I thought was a real touch of class.”Published 26 Jan 2015, 15:31 IST