Mourinho fined over journalist altercation

ROME - Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has agreed to pay a 13,000-euro fine to settle a disciplinary case over an altercation with a journalist, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on Thursday.

The club, who are eight points clear at the top of Serie A, also agreed to pay 20,000 euros over Mourinho's behaviour after he was charged with insulting the journalist and "gripping his forearms" following the 1-1 draw with Atalanta in December.

"The National Disciplinary Commission upheld the settlement request made by the coach's and the club's lawyers and ordered a fine of 13,000 and 20,000 euros respectively," read a statement on the FIGC's website.

The 47-year-old, who has frequently lamented the grilling he gets from Italian media, said he snapped because the journalist had been standing by the team bus for months despite his protests.