Chelsea: Mourinho bans banter but everyone else is laughing
How can Chelsea get their season back on track? The Telegraph knows. It says Jose Mourinho and his players have banned “all banter“.
The punishment for making a joke or – god forbid – making someone laugh is not stated, but insiders have not ruled out a stint of quiet time in Jose’s laundry basket.
In the wrong hands, banter can be just a chance to insult and ridicule someone. And when does banter become irritating? Was Mourinho bantering when he compared Dr Eva Carneiro to a secretary? Was it classic bantz to yell “fucking hell” when Mourinho was told to attend press conference post Everton defeat? Is Branislav Ivanovic a walking banteriser or is he more slapstick?
Much to talk about in sombre tones at Stamford Bridge – although players with a more absurdist sense of humour will be pointing at the Telegraph’s balls and laughing hard.