JOSE MOURINHO has finally revealed all about his infamous laundry basket incident as Chelsea boss in 2005… admitting he was close to death.
Last night, working as a pundit for beIN Sports, the Special One admitted for the first time he tried to defy a two-match Uefa ban by hiding in a laundry basket.
Mourinho, now 55, had been slapped with the ban for his behaviour in the previous round of the Champions League against Barcelona.
Now, the former Manchester United boss has admitted he was in the laundry basket… and nearly suffocated.
When asked if he was in fact in the laundry basket, Mourinho incredibly revealed: “Yes, yes I was.”
“The fundamental thing of it is: Chelsea vs Bayern Munich, a big match in the Champions League. I need to be with my players… and I did it, yeah.’
What was Jose Mourinho's laundry basket incident?
IN 2005, Jose Mourinho was given a two-game stadium ban by Uefa for his behaviour against Barcelona in the previous round.
However, the Special One attempted to get around the ban by being entering Stamford Bridge hours before kick-off.
Mourinho stayed in the dressing room throughout the game, delivering his pre-match, half-time and post-match team talks.
Uefa officials rumbled the ploy though, when they noticed Mourinho’s No2 Rui Faria kept rubbing his ear – cottoning on to the fact the boss was speaking through an ear-piece.
Instead, Mourinho ordered goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro to act as messenger, rushing to and from the dressing room to the field of play.
Every time he reached the touchline, a substitute just so happened to occur…
The long-standing rumour was, Mourinho hid in a pile of unwashed laundry in a basket and was snuck out ten minutes before full-time.
Jose has now confirmed the story to be true… and that is literally nearly killed him.
“Let me tell the story. You know Stewart Bannister, the Chelsea kit man. Skinny Stewart. I go to the dressing room during the day, so I was there.
“I’m there since midday, and the game is seven o’clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive.
“So I go there, nobody sees me. The problem was to leave after.
“Stewart put me in the basket. The metal one, the hard one. Puts me in there.
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“I go in there with a little bit open, so I could breathe, but when Stewart is taking that outside the dressing room, outside the stadium, the Uefa guys are there desperate to find me.
“So when I was there, Stewart closed the box. I couldn’t breathe. When he opened the box, I was dying.
“I’m serious. I was close to dying. I’m serious, I promise. It’s true, it’s true.”