Mourinho loses libel case in Spain

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost a libel case in Spain against a journalist who likened the former Real Madrid boss to a 'typical hit-and-run-driver', reports ESPN.

Marca reporter Roberto Palomar's article on September 17, 2012, insinuated that the Portuguese coach did not take responsibility for his own mistakes, and he was the type of person that caused a mess and wouldn't stick around to fix it.

The piece was written at a time when Mourinho's relationship with senior players at the Santiago Bernabeu was at breaking point, with Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas dropped from the side, and rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's 'sadness' in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid were not playing well at the time, and the swipe proved to be the first in a long list of unsavoury incidents between Mourinho and the local press, in what proved to be the 50-year-old's final La Liga campaign.

By the end of 2012/13, Mourinho rarely spoke to the Spanish media, and let his former assistant Aitor Karanka take most of Real Madrid's press conferences.

Mourinho returned to Chelsea in the summer, succeeding interim manager Rafa Benitez to embark on his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues boss hadn't forgotten about Palomar's article though, and ordered his lawyers to sue for retraction, as well as 15,000 euros in damages, which he vowed to donate to Real Madrid's youth team.

However, judge Sagrario Arroyo Garcia rejected Mourinho's plea on Wednesday, ruling that "the freedom of information and expression of the accused must prevail, so the legal action has been rejected."

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