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Jose Mourinho Demands An Apology From Fulham If They Field Full-Strength Team Against Spurs

Jose Mourinho Demands An Apology From Fulham If They Field Full-Strength Team Against Spurs

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho believes upcoming opponents Fulham should apologise if Scott Parker decides to field a strong team in their Premier League clash on Wednesday night.

Earlier this week, Parker slammed the "scandalous" decision to rearrange the fixture on 48 hours notice.

"I am angry because it is not right. It is wrong. That is why I am so angry," he said in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"The possibility of playing Spurs on Wednesday came on Saturday. We didn't think that was realistic and we were informed Monday morning at 9:30am.

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"To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous. I accept we have to play the game, but it's the notice."

Mourinho, meanwhile, was far from sympathetic with Parker's comments and when asked whether Fulham had a right to be upset, the 57-year-old did not mince his words.

"Are you serious? I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started." said Mourinho.

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"In relation to Fulham, I think we should wait for tomorrow. We should see their team, their starting line-up, their bench, the players that start, the players on the bench, and the players not involved in the game.

"And after that we can all feel sorry for them. Or we can all think that they shouldn't speak.

"My feeling is just my feeling. It's that they will play with everybody. Maybe one player out. Maximum two.

"That's just my guess because all this is confidential information and we don't have access to any of this. It's just a feeling that I have, the best Fulham will be here, so when we see the best Fulham, then you realise lots of things don't make sense."

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Mourinho went on compare Spurs' busy fixture list to that of Fulham's.

"We played, if I'm not wrong, 10 more matches than Fulham since the beginning of the season." he continued.

"We played every week, three matches a week. We played, in one week, four matches. They played Saturday against QPR. In London.

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"They have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the game. If they come with half of the team, I will be the first one to apologise to them. And I will be the first one to say we played this game with an advantage.

"If they come with their best, I think they should apologise to all of us. Come on, let's play football."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Parker later disputed Mourinho's comments by saying it is very different to prepare for a game that doesn't happen compared to one that does.

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"Regarding being told the game is called off 48 hours before or 2 hours before is really an irrelevance," Parker said.

"It's a disappointment you have had a game called off - I understand that. But to have a game called on with 48 hours notice is... I don't want to get into that regarding Jose but I think he will know all too well that obviously you plan for one game or the other.

"Tottenham knew they had this fixture in. Jose's team selection at the weekend suggested that. He planned for the next however many games they have got, and they have got a lot granted."

Has Jose got a point?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Spurs, Football News, Jose Mourinho, Football, Scott Parker, Premier League, Fulham

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.