Chelsea lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace on a John Terry own goal, ceding a bit more control of the title to Liverpool and Man City. Despite Jose Mourinho's constant assertions that Chelsea aren't going to win the title, frustrations were showing by the final minutes of the game. So when a Selhurst Park ball boy was a little slow in doing his job, Mourinho walked over to him, put a hand around his head and gave him a quick lecture on time wasting.
The boy appeared to claim innocence, but Mourinho wasn't having it. And though he wasn't with Chelsea at the time, he said after the match that his motivation to get involved was when Eden Hazard was given a three-match ban for kicking the ball out from under a time-wasting Swansea ball boy last year. Said Mourinho:
"I don't like the ball boys provocating the players because at the end of the day, what happens last year at Swansea when a player lose a little bit his temper and after that the player is guilty of something that he is not guilty. So I think it's something not right to educate kids to do that."
"I told him to not do that because he has a risk of one of my players to punch him or to lose his temper, so don't do that because you are risking. But somebody told him to do that. I went there to stop Azpilicueta because I know that Azpy — emotional guy — one of the guys that really was not losing spirit. I was afraid of Azpy to go over there, to push the kid or to create a situation, so I went there just to stop my player, not for anything else. And the kid knows because he knows what I told him."
"Don't waste time or a grown man will punch you" really should be the title of the league's ball boy instructional video.
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