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Chelsea boss Mourinho: Pardew a great man

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Newcastle United counterpart Alan Pardew.

Pardew is facing a lengthy ban after his clash with Hull City midfielder David Meyler last week.

Mourinho, whose side host Tottenham in the Premier League, said: "I spoke with Alan a couple of hours after the incident and he knows he made a mistake and he knows he has to pay for the mistake with some punishment.

"The biggest punishment is you to recognise yourself that you made a mistake.

"Alan will have the economical punishment, the suspension from the dugout, plus the self-blame of the mistake he made. I think he has a big punishment with all of these things together.

"I prefer to stay with a good friend and with a great guy, than to stay with a mistake."

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