first_imgShare on Facebook Maurizio Sarri insisted Chelsea will “accept the consequences” of the coach Marco Ianni’s improper conduct charge from the Football Association. José Mourinho Sarri’s backroom staff member goaded José Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline after Ross Barkley’s equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Chelsea manager, who is preparing to take on Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday, said he does not know what punishment Ianni could face, but promised the club would accept any sanction.Sarri said: “First of all, as I said after the match, we were wrong. I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately and it was really very important, I think that he realised he was wrong.“And so I think that I want to give him another opportunity. Because I know very well the man, I know very well that he was really sorry. And he realised the mistake – everybody can make a mistake.“But you need to learn from the mistake, and so I think he will be able to do this. I know [him] very well, so I am sure. For the FA I don’t know, I haven’t experienced that here. I don’t know the consequences, but we were wrong so we have to accept the consequences.”Asked what punishment Chelsea would impose, Sarri said: “I don’t know. If I want to give him another opportunity, the opportunity will be a full opportunity. But I don’t know. I want to respect the decision of the FA and then we will decide.” Manchester United Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content Sarri said Eden Hazard would miss the game against Bate Borisov. “He is out for sure. He has a back problem. We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday.” The manager expects to rotate his resources to face Bate, but fears a bigger problem for Sunday’s Burnley trip. “This match is not a big problem, because we have to play after five days, from the last match,” said Sarri. “The problem will be on Sunday, because on Sunday we will play after 65 hours. So we need to change some of them. For example Jorginho we need to rest now, because he played 90 minutes the two matches with [Italy], and then he played for [nearly] 100 minutes in the last match. It’s time to rest for him. Andreas Christensen, I think will be on the pitch, Ruben Loftus-Cheek maybe.” Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract with Chelsea that will run until 2023. The Spanish defender has been at Stamford Bridge since the summer of 2016.The versatile 27-year-old told Chelsea’s official website: “I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world. It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.” Maurizio Sarri José Mourinho (centre) has to be restrained after Marco Ianni’s boisterous celebrations following Chelsea’s late equaliser on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Facebook center_img David Squires on … José Mourinho’s big day back at Chelsea Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Europa League news Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Chelsealast_img

Chelsea will accept FA punishment over Mourinho fracas, says Maurizio Sarri

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