Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has supported the FA’s decision to adopt a zero tolerance approach, in a bid to eradicate corruption in football.
Although Mourinho criticized the “flawed process”, that saw Sam Allardyce sacked as England boss last week, he insists people must pay for their mistakes.
The Portuguese also slammed reports, which claimed that eight unnamed Premier League managers are on the take.
Allardyce’s position became untenable, after footage emerged of him giving tips on how to get around FA transfer rules, to undercover reporters from Daily Telegraph, who posed as businessmen from a Far East firm.
The former Bolton and West Ham coach, held crunch talks at Wembley with FA officials along with his adviser, Mark Curtis. FA chairman, Greg Clarke and chief executive, Martin Glenn, were also present.
Afterwards, the FA confirmed his departure by mutual consent.
Mourinho said: “I feel sorry for Sam, but anyone in our job has big responsibilities. If anyone makes mistakes he has to pay for them – and they have made Sam pay.
“But I’m not saying that Sam did anything, as I don’t know the process. I’m just saying that anyone of us as managers has a big responsibility.
“What I don’t like – and to be honest I hate and don’t accept it – are the rumours. You cannot make fun with rumours. This is too serious to listen to rumours.
“You find a person, you prove a person guilty, and yes the world has know and you don’t have to hide anything. But rumours are not good. The doubts are not good. That is the only thing I can say.
“In relation to Sam specifically, I feel sorry for him because I know that was his dream job. If him and the Football Association realise it was a mistake, he has to pay for the mistake.”