MILAN - Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho refused to comment on allegations he hit a fan after his side's Champions League elimination by Manchester United in midweek. "I am not talking about it," the Portuguese told a news conference on Saturday. "Mourinho sells a lot, you know it," he added, in reference to his name constantly being in the newspapers. British police said on Thursday they were investigating allegations that Mourinho had committed "a very minor assault". A United fan said he was punched in the face outside Old Trafford following Wednesday's last 16 second leg match. Italian champions Inter, who previously denied the accusations, lost 2-0 to holders United and went out 2-0 on aggregate. Mourinho reaffirmed his belief that Inter had been unlucky to be eliminated, saying his Porto side which beat United on their way to winning the Champions League in 2004 had played much worse at Old Trafford. He said the fact United coach Alex Ferguson had said his side were slightly fortunate supported Mourinho's own view. The former Chelsea boss also reacted to Italian media speculation about how long he will stay with Inter and which players he wanted to make the Serie A leaders a European force. "It is impossible that everything you can read in the newspapers has come out of my head, because I work alone, absolutely alone," he said in an unusually reserved tone. "I'll prepare myself, I write, I study, I'll do my valuations for the future of the club. We don't want a project Mourinho... we want a project Inter. "I'm very, very satisfied with the strength of my players, with their professionalism, with their dedication. But in general, we need something more."
14 March 2009
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