Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho demands an APOLOGY is made from furious Fulham boss Scott Parker according to reports emerging.
The 40 year old Cottagers coach says that confirming Wednesday’s match with Spurs as late as Monday morning was “scandalous”, however his comments has been scrutinised.
The Premier League fixture was originally scheduled for the 30th of December, however that was postponed at short notice because of a coronavirus outbreak at Fulham.
In a fixture reshuffle announced on Monday, it was rescheduled at quite short notice after Spurs’ match at Aston Villa was postponed.
“I am angry because it is not right. It is wrong. That is why I am so angry,” said Parker.
“The possibility of playing Spurs on Wednesday came on Saturday.
“We didn’t think that was realistic and we were informed Monday morning at 9:30. To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous. I accept we have to play the game, but it’s the notice.”
Scott Parker isn’t happy that Fulham’s match against Tottenham on Wednesday was only confirmed on Monday. 👇 #bbcfootball
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 12, 2021
Asked if Fulham deserved to be upset, given the original match was postponed with less than three hours’ notice, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said: “Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this game. I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.”
Mourinho added: ‘We’ve played, if I’m not wrong, 11 more matches than Fulham since the beginning of the season.
‘We played every week three matches a week,’ said Mourinho. ‘We played in one week, four matches. They played Saturday against QPR. They have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the game.
‘If they come with half of the team, I will be the first one to apologise to them, and I will be the first to say we played this game with an advantage.
‘If they come with their best team, I think they should apologise to all of us.’
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Parker said the postponement in December was ‘an irrelevance’ and the issue was being told to play their upcoming Wednesday game at 9.30am on Monday. ‘Tottenham knew they had a fixture,’ he said. ‘Mourinho’s team selection at the weekend suggested that. He will have planned for that.’
Parker, whose side are 18th in the Premier League table, said he spent “numerous hours on Sunday trying to explain it wasn’t feasible” after being told the game may be rearranged for Wednesday.
The Cottagers last played on Saturday, when they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 after extra time in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
“The people making these decisions don’t understand players. We have had it tough. We thought they had six days’ recovery time. It is madness really,” he said.”
Jose Mourinho says Fulham should “apologise to all of us” if they play their strongest side against Tottenham on Wednesday night.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 12, 2021
The postponement of the Villa game – because of a outbreak in the Villa camp – left Spurs needing to rearrange three matches in a cramped fixture list that also includes Europa League commitments.
‘We had cases almost every week,’ said Mourinho. ‘One coach, one player, one medical staff. We had it all the time but we went in the direction of doing the best we can.
‘We have to play football no matter what because if you have 14 players you have to play. We never tried to take advantage of it.’
Mourinho said the Premier League’s decision to rearrange their game with Fulham for Wednesday is a “positive” solution.
“The biggest impact is to have matches postponed,” he said.
Fans reacted as Jose Mourinho demands an apology from furious Fulham boss Scott Parker…
@JoshArsenalFC: Embarrassing as usual from Jose
@AdamCatchpole: Load of crap. All Parker asked for was a heads up when everyone already knew Villa would struggle to complete the fixture.
@Jeyneus: Was he planning to give them the week off to play golf? It’s a professional football team being asked to play a football match with 48 hours notice. Not really a scandal, Scott!
@gigglesdeb: Think Scott Parker needs to get real. The capacity of Wembley has died, our hospitals are overwhelmed, doctors and nurses have not been given two days notice to play, they are at work 24-7. I love football but it needs to think of the bigger picture.
@Pat2THFC_: Was it right to bail out of the original game two hours before kick off? Things aren’t normal at the moment, just get on with it…
@Eddie_Sykes001: … You know the Premier League made that decision right? Not Scott Parker or Fulham.
@tjohnston_terry: Big deal. 48+ hours notice for a 10 mile journey to do 2 hours work. Get on with it. Worse things happen in the real world.
@swash_jo: Was it ok to call the original game off 2 hours before kick off tho
@3LionsPodcast: imagine if he’d shelled out for train tickets, sorted time off of work, then the fixture was changed because of TV scheduling. Welcome to the world of how fans get treated.
@Simmo198139: Um, am I missing something, didn’t he cancel the original fixture against us 2 hours before kick off?? Play the game and stop moaning, it’s an hour or 2 away ffs
@GEORGIE_35: Why are they not ready to play? 48 hours notice and they find this unacceptable why?
@grhumphrey: You want to play with the big boys then act like them.
@Rags326: If Parker and his team didn’t have the foresight to perceive and plan for this possibility, then that’s just incompetence. Even the FPL nerds were way ahead of them on this.
@georgerothwell9: And I presume he thought it was ok that Spurs only got 3 hours notice when it was originally called off??
@Hotspur67: Pretty scandalous it was called off by Fulham at 3 hours notice originally
@Fulham_2k20: No ones decision other than the premier league so pipe down
@TheLondoner9: The audacity of asking a professional football team to play football. Disgusting
@PetarBalac: It is also wrong to cancel a game a couple of hours before kick off. Huge squads, all teams should play using their alleged great reserves and youth set up
@Lou_IzIs: We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Games get called off at short notice, games get rearranged at short notice. There’ll be more of it before the season’s done so everyone better get used to being flexible.
@GlasgowFPL: NFL did it, NBA did it. Get over it and play the bloody game otherwise you’ll be moaning you’ve got 18 fixtures in 50 days
@sav4efc: Thats reasonable Scott…try 4 hours notice!!