Etogate: Mourinho Blasts Media Over Private Conversation Tapping

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is very furious about the publication of quotes in which he criticised his own strikers before the Champions League last-16 match against Galatasaray.

He has been left angered and embarrassed after French broadcaster CanalPlus published a video of what he felt was a private conversation during a personal appearance in Nyon, Switzerland eight days ago.

In the video, the Chelsea manager bemoans Chelsea’s lack of goalscorers and makes an unflattering reference to Samuel Eto’o’s age saying: “The problem at Chelsea is that we are lacking a goalscorer. I have one [Samuel Eto’o] but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows?”.

Jose Mourinho Says the Media Should Be Ashamed for Making Illicit Publication.
Jose Mourinho Says the Media Should Be Ashamed for Making Illicit Publication.

While Chelsea accept the footage is genuine, they feel the clandestine recording of a private conversation was unfair.

“I think you should be embarrassed as media professionals because by the ethical point of view I don’t think you are happy your colleague is happy to be able to record a private conversation and to make it public,” the Portuguese boss said in his pre-game conference while addressing the off-the-record conversation.

“I think you should all be embarrassed because it is against your ethic. Is it a not happy comment? Absolutely.”

Chelsea visits Istanbul on Wednesday in a European Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie.

Mourinho insists the fun conversation was not by any means supposed to be a football matter.

“I am not defending what I am saying, I am attacking something that is from your professional area. That person showed what he is or what he does not know about the job.

“The comment is not a good one and not one I would do in a serious, official way. First of all because I don’t make fun, second if there are managers in the world that defend their players I am one of them.

“Third because Samuel Eto’o is Samuel Eto’o. Four times a Champions League winner. It was with him I had the best ever season of my career. It was a funny conversation between me and someone not in the football world. It is a disgrace someone is taping a private conversation.”