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Jose Mourinho Once Jumped Out Of A Window To Evade The Police To Avoid His Dog Being Quarantined

Rory O'Callaghan

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Jose Mourinho Once Jumped Out Of A Window To Evade The Police To Avoid His Dog Being Quarantined

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Jose Mourinho once evaded the police by jumping out of a window to help his dog to avoid quarantine during his first spell at Chelsea. 

Mourinho was arrested by police and cautioned for obstruction back in 2007 after failing to hand his Yorkshire terrier, Leya, over to the authorities. 

Officials reportedly wanted to quarantine the dog after believing it had been brought to the UK from Portugal without the correct vaccinations. 


In new audio released from 433’s The Home Of Football podcast, Mourinho recounts the incident and admits he doesn’t regret his actions.

“We had a dog, it was coming from Portugal. Obviously the dog had all the injections, everything was under control but the English authorities wanted it in quarantine,” Mourinho said.

“The dog was so small, so fragile. The kids were very small, they were in love with the dog.

“The police tried to get into the house to take the dog into quarantine. I grabbed it and put it in a backpack, I jumped out the window without them seeing me and took her to a friend's house. 


“They considered it an obstruction of justice, they took me to the police department. I had to answer questions. I had to ring a lawyer to resolve the problem.

“That dog never forgot it and is still in love with me, it never forgot it!”

In 2019, during his time in charge of Tottenham, Mourinho revealed in an emotional pre-match interview that his dog had died.

Asked how he had celebrated Christmas that year, Mourinho said: "To be honest, it was very sad because my dog died and my dog is my family.

"But we have to move on”.

Topics: Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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