Jose Mourinho reacts to Phil Jones’ two-game European ban

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho believes Phil Jones‘ two-game European ban is very unfair, reflecting over the possibility of appealing.

He was given a €5,000 fine alongside a two-game European ban for allegedly using abusive language towards a doping controls officer.

This was directly after United’s Europa League final success against Ajax and he’ll now be left out of the European Super Cup tie with Real Madrid on August 8, and also the club’s Champions League group stage opener.

Speaking about the situation, Mourinho has urged Jones to appeal.

“I would, if I was him I would because I think it’s quite unfair. But when you do that you have the risk of even more punishment. I don’t know, it’s a decision I leave with him,” he said.

“Put yourself in his position,” Mourinho added. “He wins a European cup, he wants to celebrate with his team, he wants to get the cup, he wants to get the medal, he wants to be in the pictures, and one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control.

“I think it’s very hard to control a player in this situation and Uefa should take that into consideration. It’s not a normal match, it’s a final, it’s a cup, it’s a medal, it’s a celebration, it’s everything, and I think it would be easier for the doping control committee to get someone to go to the pitch with him to see there that is not any wrongdoing in his behaviour, just a human desire to celebrate.

“So I think they should take that into consideration, so I feel really sorry, I think it’s very unfair, it’s a problem for us in terms of football all but even more than that I don’t think it’s fair and any one of us in the same situation would react negatively.

“I don’t think it’s fair.”

Daley Blind was also fined for not complying with Uefa guidelines but managed to escape a ban.

Jones will be disappointed and it remains to be seen whether he will decide to sit out the ban or appeal and possibly take on more of a punishment.

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