Jose Mourinho, the manager of Chelsea, was fined 8,000 pounds this week after he admitted guilt to an improper conduct charge made against him due to his actions in last Saturday’s game against Cardiff City. Mourinho was sent off the sidelines with 20 minutes remaining in the game because he kept protesting that Cardiff was stalling for time.
When asked about Cardiff’s tactic afterwards, Mourinho said the squad was doing a disservice to the fans:
If I was at that game and I was paying my ticket I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a minimum of 21.5 seconds.
That is a waste of money. You pay your ticket and every time the game stops you have to wait about half a minute? When you multiply that by the number of times the game was stopped … you pay for 90 minutes but you see 55 or 60 (Reuters).
Personally, I agree with Mourinho here. I’d hate to see a version of football where the game was stopped every thirty seconds or so.