'Unprofessional': Mourinho unhappy with Tottenham-Fulham postponement

José Mourinho has said the handling of Tottenham’s late postponement against Fulham was “unprofessional”.

The match was called off less than three hours before Wednesday’s 6pm kick-off by the Premier League after an outbreak of coronavirus at Fulham.

Spurs are understood to be unhappy with what they perceive as a lack of clarity over the decision. The squad had met at the club’s training ground ready to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mourinho, who posted his frustration on Instagram on the day of the game, said: “I don’t want to speak too much about it. Just to say I felt unprofessional, but that is the way it was. We were preparing ourselves for that match and of course we didn’t play and that is disruptive of what is a week of work.”

Teams have played an uneven number of games and Mourinho says the league started in the wrong manner, with Manchester City and Manchester United missing the first round of matches.

“It’s a special season with special circumstances,” Tottenham’s manager said. “We have to say it’s going to be fair because if not it’s better not be involved. I believe that even from before the season started, it started immediately in the wrong way. Because to start the season with two clubs having a match in hand, it’s immediately a wrong start.

“The season started in September and only in the last week of December we were informed about when these two matches were going to be played. Now it’s about many other matches, or a few more. There are lots of things that are not right. But it is what it is; it’s what it’s possible to have.”

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Spurs, whose title hopes have faltered with a four-game winless run, are unlikely to do much business in the January transfer window. “Times are not easy,” Mourinho said. “The club made a big effort in the summer to try and build a good squad. Honestly, if something good happened to us, it would be a big surprise for me. I don’t feel the right to ask for something.”


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