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"I sprayed the Lucozade in his face" - Alan Thompson on his Mourinho flashpoint


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Celtic's run to the 2003 UEFA Cup final was a memorable journey but ultimately it ended in disappointment as they fell just short against an FC Porto side managed by Jose Mourinho that would go even better the following season by winning a surprise Champions League trophy.

The match itself was quite heated between the sides in Seville and one flashpoint in the tunnel at half time involved Mourinho and ex-Celtic wide man Alan Thompson and former Celtic and Scotland defender Jackie McNamara were on hand to tell us about it at our Off The Ball Roadshow at Vicar Street on Thursday night in association with BoyleSports.

Celtic's Alan Thompson (l) and FC Porto's Derlei battle for the ball. John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Indeed, Thompson played his parts in the tempestuous scenes following Derlei's goal and celebration for Porto, as he revealed.

"That got tempers fraying just before the whistle goes. Down the tunnel, there's a bit of a fracas in the tunnel and he's piped up, Mourinho," said Thompson.

"And I've got a Lucozade in my hand and I've just..."

Thompson grabbed a bottle on stage at Vicar Street then motioned as if to spray the area in front of him.

"Straight over Mourinho," he continued. "And then it's all kicked off. I sprayed the Lucozade in his face.

"And then it got even worse and more people piled in and I thought I'd better run!"


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