‘Stop the war, I will repeat it everyday’: Jose Mourinho shares powerful message amid Ukraine crisis

Speaking on the situation in Ukraine, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho said: “Stop the war. And if I have to repeat it every day, I will repeat it every day.

“I’m not talking about politics, I’m interested in politics but I don’t talk about it publicly. But, say, shout and repeat: stop the war, always. Stop the war, all wars.”

The conflict in Ukraine has been going on for many weeks after the Russian military started to invade the country in February.

Many prominent football stars have called for the war to end, while UEFA and FIFA have dealt with the situation by indefinitely banning Russian sides from their competitions.

José Mourinho life off the pitch

Mourinho is very quiet about his political views, though some evidence points to him being conservative.

José Mourinho was born in Setúbal, Portugal and grew up there and in nearby Palmela, Portugal.

Mourinho is a devout Catholic. He was raised as such (as is customary for Portuguese) and he credits his success in football to God and his faith.

Mourinho is often the subject of controversy and (possibly false) media attention. It was once reported that upon his taking the managing position at Real Madrid, he sought the advice and blessing of some Kenyan witch doctors, to which his representatives replied:

“José Mourinho is profoundly Catholic and he believes in God. In matters that concern his professional life, he believes in hard work and not in the miracles of any old sorcerer”

However, some might disagree that all Mourinho believes in is hard work. He is widely cited as being very controlling of the players on his team and asks that they reflect his worldview. When they don’t, (Muslims for example) Mourinho complains. Of one of his Muslim players, Sully Muntari, fasting during the month of Ramadan, Mourinho said:

“Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan, perhaps with this heat it’s not good for him to be doing this [fasting]. Ramadan has not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match.”

Naturally, this was met with some animosity from the Muslim community. What we might have here is a bit of a xenophobic Catholic.

Everybody’s guessing

Mourinho is notoriously guarded about his political views. However, one Portuguese reporter, a Joel Neto, dug deep into Mourinho’s life in an attempt to truly understand the man and emerged speculating that his views are “strongly right wing.” In European terms, this means socially conservative and possibly skeptical of the European Union.

There is some evidence to corroborate that. His wife is said to come from a very conservative family and the BBC reported that his political views are opposite to one of his football rivals, Sir Alex Ferguson, who is known to be a British Labour supporter and antagonist to Britain’s conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.

Plus, such a devout Catholic might lean right on social issues. It’s not too far-fetched.

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