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Last Updated: Friday, 14 January, 2005, 15:28 GMT
Mourinho dismisses Ferguson feud
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions he has a running feud with his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho intimated that Ferguson influenced referee Neale Barry during their Carling Cup semi-final first leg.

"People want a storm but there isn't one. There's no problem and no war or mind games between us," said Mourinho.

"I respect Sir Alex a lot because he's a great manager, but he must follow the procedure, we must all be the same."

He added: "I'm a European champion and so is Ferguson, it doesn't matter who you are.

"I don't speak with referees and I don't want other managers doing it, it's the rule. One thing is to speak, one thing is to shout.

"This is nothing against Sir Alex whatsoever. After the game on Wednesday we were together in my office and we spoke and drank wine.

I think Mourinho has opened a can of worms for himself
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

"Unfortunately it was a very bad bottle of wine and he was complaining, so when we go to Old Trafford for the second leg, on my birthday, I will take a beautiful bottle of Portuguese wine.

"But he is a great manager, he is clever and used his power and his prestige. The referee should not allow it. I have a lot of respect for Ferguson. I call him boss because he is the manager's boss.

"He's the top manager in the country. Maybe when I become 60, the kids will call me the same."

Ferguson had earlier blasted Mourinho's comments about the Scot trying to manipulate referees as a ploy to get officials to be sympathetic to Chelsea.

"He's trying to influence the referee for the game with Spurs," he said.

"What I find more interesting are John Terry's comments when he says the referee wouldn't listen to him.

"I ask: 'Why would he listen to him?'. Is he saying he can influence other referees? I have never heard a captain make comments like that before."

Ferguson spoke after Mourinho insinuated United players were diving to win free-kicks and Terry claimed Barry refused to listen to him during the game.

The Football Association have confirmed they are looking into the comments.

Ferguson said Mourinho benefited from refereeing decisions when in charge of Porto against Manchester United during last season's Champions League - and also when he took Chelsea to Anfield on New Year's Day.

"I think Mourinho has opened a can of worms for himself," added Ferguson.

"We remember what happened in Porto.

"Look back a couple of weeks to the penalty decision that went their way against Liverpool and how Rafael Benitez handled that."

Ferguson also added that he thought the referee was lenient in his treatment of Didier Drogba, who scuffled with Cristiano Ronaldo during the semi-final at Stamford bridge.

He said: "Cristiano was unlucky to be booked but the referee acted quite rightly in booking Drogba for kicking him," Ferguson told MUTV.

"But then Drogba reacted by grabbing Quinton Fortune by the throat, so I wonder whether the FA's compliance unit will be thinking about that."

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