Mourinho accused of accepting ‘Russian blood money’ for TV role - football

Mourinho accused of accepting ‘Russian blood money’ for TV role



Jose Mourinho’s decision to work as a World Cup pundit for Kremlin-backed television channel RT has been strongly criticised by MPs following the Salisbury poisoning attack.
The Russian channel announced Mourinho as its main pundit for Russia 2018 a day after the incident in Salisbury, but the Manchester United manager has repeatedly refused to answer any questions about the role.
In a statement given to Press Association Sport, Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said: “To my mind, this is blood money, paid directly from the Russian state coffers.”
RT, formerly known as Russia Today, has recently been attacked by politicians in France and the United States for pumping out propaganda in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, and on Monday in parliament several MPs called for its UK broadcasting licence to be withdrawn. While he is probably the best paid, Mourinho is not the only high-profile football figure associated with the controversial channel, as former players Stan Collymore and Peter Schmeichel also work for RT, as do several politicians, including George Galloway and Alex Salmond.
Former Scottish National Party leader Salmond faced similar criticism when he became a presenter for RT last year.
Bryant’s message was backed by fellow Welsh Labour MP Stephen Doughty.
He told Press Association Sport: “It’s not just MPs. Leading sports figures and commentators need to reflect carefully on whether they want to be associated with Putin’s...
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