By Steve Bates
Mourinho has told his Champions League semi-finalists they cannot go to Sunday’s London bash, which will complete Reds striker’s rehabilitation
Controversial striker Luis Suarez has been voted Player of the Year by his fellow stars, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
And Liverpool’s entire squad will turn up in force to support their team-mate at the Professional Footballers Association awards dinner in London on Sunday night.
But while boss Brendan Rodgers has given the go-ahead for the Reds’ players to attend the glitzy bash, Jose Mourinho has BANNED his Chelsea squad from going.
Moody Mourinho has told his stars they can’t go to the awards night, where team-mate Eden Hazard was nominated for the main prize.
The gala dinner doesn’t break the Blues’ 48-hour curfew rules ahead of Wednesday’s return Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. But Mourinho has still put the block on them attending.
Chelsea had taken a table at the event but Mourinho wants his players in training on Monday morning to work on a game plan to beat Madrid.
That’s in stark contrast to Rodgers, who has sanctioned a major night out for his squad.
The players and their wives will fly to London on a private plane after their crunch title clash with Chelsea at Anfield.
They will see Uruguayan bad-boy Suarez complete his rehabilitation in the eyes of his fellow players after past ugly incidents.
Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Patrice Evra in a league game against Manchester United at Anfield in October 2011.
Then, having told Liverpool officials he would shake the defender’s hand in the return game in February 2012, Suarez snubbed Evra (above) before kick-off.
And a year ago he caused outrage by biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a live TV game at Anfield.
That brought a huge club fine, a 10-match ban and calls for him to be thrown out of the English game.
But since returning from suspension last September, he has scored 30 goals in 30 games to boost Liverpool’s title charge.