News of a Portuguese speaking former Real Madrid manager covering his mouth with tape in protest against being suspended for something he had said probably has Jose Mourinho’s name at the forefront of your mind, but it actually wasn’t him. It was Flamengo manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who apparently feels the same way about the Rio de Janeiro state football federation as Mourinho does about the FA.
From the AP:
The Flamengo coach was complaining about a sports tribunal ruling that suspended him for two matches because he criticized the federation’s decision to limit team squads in the regional tournament, preventing the top clubs from testing young players ahead of the Brazilian league.
In a news conference on Friday, Luxemburgo made a brief speech denouncing the suspension and defending his rights, then put on the tape over his mouth and left briskly, without taking questions.
Luxemburgo said he will not back down against the federation, but won’t speak again until he has his rights back.
Now, to outdo Luxemburgo, Mourinho will have to wear a Hannibal Lecter mask and be wheeled into a press conference wearing a straight jacket.