Arsene Wenger says he regrets pushing Jose Mourinho during Arsenal’s recent visit to Stamford Bridge and that he shouldn’t have reacted to the media’s goading line of questioning in the game’s aftermath.
Visibly irked after the defeat to Chelsea the boss dismissively played down the coming together with the Portuguese claiming he merely responded to his path being blocked as he tried to check on injured Alexis Sanchez.
Having had a week to reflect on the incident (which will go unpunished), the boss told French TV station Téléfoot that he was wrong to resort to violence…despite Mourinho deserving an ebola-infested hot poker rammed in his eye.
“They gave too much importance to this story. In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field.
“I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic. And then we have quite a substantial past. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.”
So a backhanded apology, sort of. Not one that Mourinho will give a shit about, but one that might go some way to persuading kids that kicking off on the touchline isn’t necessarily the best example. After all…