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Midday Ticker: Mourinho opens up about silence; Ramos out 5 weeks; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 10 days of silence, Jose Mourinho has finally chosen to talk, but the Chelsea manager is still far from happy.

Mourinho has refused to talk to the media since Diego Costa was suspended after stomping on Liverpool’s Emre Can on Jan. 27. The Chelsea manager, who was fined for saying that he believed there was a “clear campaign” against his side, insists there is a message behind his silence.

“Because if you want, you can make a silence very noisy. Depends what you want to do,” Mourinho said, according to The Guardian. “You could make noise with my silence, because you know the reason for my silence. It depends on you. If I was a journalist I could make from silence, lots of words.”

Mourinho went on to say that he was only talking to the media under the threat of fine or suspension and chose not to discuss the Costa incident.

“I don’t reflect. Maybe I’m punished to reflect,” Mourinho said. “Maybe they [football’s authorities] can read my reflection and that I don’t want.

“You know why I’m here so you cannot expect that I’m super happy to be here.”

Here are some more of Friday afternoon’s news and notes:

RAMOS TO MISS FIVE WEEKS DUE TO INJURY

Real Madrid has received additional bad news to pair with James Rodriguez’s recent foot surgery.

The club announced Friday that Sergio Ramos tore his left hamstring in the team’s 2-1 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday. The Spanish center back will miss five weeks due to the injury.

“The injury to Ramos is important — five weeks,” Ancelotti said. “But I have confidence in the partnership of [Raphael] Varane and Nacho [Fernandez]. They are very good players, very enthusiastic and motivated to play. They will do well tomorrow, no problems.”

MOROCCO BANNED, FINED AFTER BACKING OUT OF AFCON HOSTING DUTIES

Morocco’s choice to not host this year’s African Cup of Nations has proven to be a costly one.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned Morocco from the next two AFCON tournaments. In addition, Morocco has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine and pay $9 million in damages.

Morocco’s punishment comes after the nation repeatedly requested to move the continental tournament due to the outbreak of Ebola. Equatorial Guinea, which was named replacement hosts, was also fined $100,000 for crowd trouble in the nation’s loss to Ghana in Thursday’s semifinal.

VAN GAAL TO FIGHT FA CHARGE

Louis van Gaal was charged with implying bias by the FA after comments made following his side’s draw with Cambridge United, but the Manchester United manager insists he did nothing wrong.

Van Gall originally stated that he believed that “every aspect of a match is against us — the pitch, the referee,” following the contest, drawing the ire of the FA. The Dutchman has until Feb. 9 to reply to the charge, which he says he will contest.

“Yes, of course. I never said anything wrong,” van Gaal said when asked if he would contest the charge. “You can confirm that I never say something about the referee…  I am a trainer, coach or manager for nearly 30 years and I have never been charged up until now. I said in the press conference the same phrases that everyone is in favor of the underdog. Everybody is for the underdog. I cannot imagine the FA has charged me but it is like that.

“I’m not angry, I’m disappointed,” van Gaal added.. “Still, up to now, I don’t think I said something wrong.”

What do you think of these reports? What do you think of Mourinho’s silence? How will Real Madrid handle Ramos’ absence? Did the CAF get Morocco’s punishment right?

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  1. Does it make sense to punish Morocco at all? If the reason they wanted to move the tournament was for public safety reasons, then the harsh punishment will only incentivize countries in this situation in the future to go ahead with it anyway, endangering public safety. Is that what we want?

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