Jose Mourinho launched astonishing rant at referee Phil Dowd

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tore Premier League official Phil Dowd apart following a 5-3 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, in front of a whole host of witnesses.

Mourinho reportedly "lost the plot" with Dowd in the tunnel at White Hart Lane, telling the 51-year-old he's too fat to referee and it's time to call it quits.

Dowd has been a top-flight referee for the best part of 14 years but try telling to Mourinho, who The Mirror report launched an amazing tirade after the full-time whistle that somehow failed to get a mention in the official's post-match report.

Mourinho treading a fine line

The Blues boss confronted Dowd just as stewards at Spurs shut the big blue double doors that lead out of the tunnel, shouting: "You're too fat to referee, you should retire" before adding: "You've cost us."

Mourinho is then understood to have later held further talks with Dowd in his dressing room, which must have included an apology because he won't face any action from the Football Association for his conduct. Chelsea were furious a handball decision didn't go their way, but the Portuguese boss is already in hot water and could do without draeing further attention to his fiery character when things don't go his way.

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FA charge is waiting

The FA are already waiting to hear from Mourinho with regard to a charge for comments made after a 1-1 draw at Southampton, where after watching Cesc Fabregas get rather dubiously booked for diving the Portuguese tactician insisted there's a campaign against his side.

Mourinho has until 6pm tonight to offer a defence for that outburst, but with a proven track record of failing to toe the line don't be surprised if he's facing a heavy fine or even a touchline ban between now and the end of the season.

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