Jose Mourinho was booked by referee Mike Dean during Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at Southampton on New Year’s Day and later explained that it was because he was ‘rude to an idiot.’
The Spurs boss was given a yellow card late in the second half as frustrations boiled over and he approached the opposition bench.
Mourinho appeared to have words for a member of Southampton’s staff, though it was unclear what sparked the incident.
Some speculated that the Portuguese manager was simply attempting to view a video of Harry Kane’s offside goal which had been reviewed by VAR just minutes earlier.
Others suggested he was trying to read the opposition coach’s notes.
However, Mourinho later admitted: “The yellow card was fair, because I was rude. But I was rude to an idiot.”