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Nov 12, 2013

Jose Mourinho to escape FA action

Jose Mourinho will escape any disciplinary action from the Football Association for the 20-man fracas in the tunnel following Chelsea's draw with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

• Worrall: Blues' blushes spared
• Evans: Baggies blighted

Tempers flared as Chelsea and WBA players and Mourinho were caught up in an angry confrontation as the teams left the pitch following the 2-2 draw and Mourinho has been accused of branding West Brom a "Mickey Mouse" club and Jonas Olsson, Albion's Sweden international a "Mickey Mouse player."

However, match referee Andre Marriner deemed it fit not to mention the incident, which required Chelsea stewards to break it up, in his match report to the FA.

The FA have confirmed to ESPN that there is no written mention from Marriner of the scenes, which also included Albion defender Gareth McAuley and captain Chris Brunt confronting the Chelsea manager.

Marriner has subsequently been asked by the FA disciplinary section, in light of reports of the tunnel clash, whether he can confirm any of the accusations being made, but according to the FA the Birmingham official has confirmed that he did not witness any of the incidents in the tunnel.

The FA are now keen to put the issue to bed, after Marriner's controversial decision to award a late penalty, for a perceived challenge by Steven Reid on Ramires, which allowed Eden Hazard to preserve Mourinho's unbeaten Premier League record as manager at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, who told the media after the game that "there are no doubts" it was a penalty, is reported to have told the West Brom players -- as he stated in his news conference -- that their second goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic in the tunnel.

According to the Daily Telegraph, that prompted "a confrontation involving almost 20 players" as Sweden defender Olsson told Mourinho: "Shut up and f--- off."

The Blues boss then reportedly made his "Mickey Mouse" remark, with Gareth McAuley and another, unnamed player then said to have confronted the Portuguese before teammates calmed them down.

The Wolverhampton-based Express & Star newspaper also reported the altercation, and said defender Liam Ridgewell was "involved in an angry exchange with a steward who prevented him leaving the dressing room area to head for the team coach". Assistant boss Kevin Keen, meanwhile, had "a more lighthearted disagreement with a different steward who stopped him entering the referee's room to speak to Marriner."
 

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