Here’s Why Mourinho Refused To Shake Hands With Mark Hughes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes before the match.

Reuters / Peter Nicholls

Jose Mourinho refused to shake hands with Stoke City coach Mark Hughes following his team’s disappointing 2-2 draw away from home. 

The two coaches were involved in a heated argument in the dugout area, and it is believed that the Stoke coach told the Portuguese manager to ‘F*** off’ during their verbal exchange at the touchline. As a result, Mourinho snubbed the handshake with the head coach of home team at the end of the match.

Mourinho shook hands with every other staff member of Stoke City, but deliberately ignored the former Manchester United player. The two managers aren’t the best of friends, as both tend to get on each others’ nerves. Moreover, Hughes hasn’t lost even a single match against Jose Mourinho’s teams in their last 5 meetings.

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When asked about the snubbed handshake, Mourinho said: “I prefer not to answer question about handshakes – it’s a bad question. It makes it look like it’s my fault but that’s not right.”

Hughes, on the other hand, was more vocal about the unpleasant situation, as he stated: “I pushed him because he was in my technical area. Maybe that is why he didn’t shake my hand. In fairness, I have my history with handshakes. Maybe it’s me.”

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Written by Shorya Panwar  

Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.


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