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Monday, 12 March 2007

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JOSE MOURINHO has denied referee Mike Riley's claims he swore at him in Portuguese in the players' tunnel after Sunday's FA Cup game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, which finished in a 3-3 draw.

The Special One said he actually talked to the referee in Jawa, the native tongue of the small race of hooded people on Tatooine in Star Wars.

"I don't know why he felt I swore," said Mourinho. "He thinks I abused him but in fact all I said was 'udini'!

"It's the only Jawa word I know and my kids, who love the Star Wars films, say it all the time.
"Maybe he thought I said 'son of a whore' in my language - but in fact my interpretation of 'udini' was meant as 'thanks for nothing', which is not swearing as far as I'm concerned. I was upset and may have felt like saying he is a 'mother of a whore' but I did nothing of the sort.

"Maybe I got the inflection wrong but that's just unfair as I'm no English and translating Jawa in my broad Portugeuse accent can make things very difficult."

There has been no word from the FA headquarters at Soho Square, where Riley is expected to file a report today.

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