“I want to thank Sarri for his honesty,” Mourinho told ‘Sky Sports’.
“I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty too – but I am not happy that it is going too far with the young boy.
“I don’t think he deserves more than what he got. He apologised to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance. I don’t think he deserves to be sacked. I don’t think he deserves anything more than the fact his club was strong with him.
“I hope everybody does the same as I did, which is not to disturb the career of a young guy. Probably he is a great guy, a coach with great potential.
“End of story with me is the minute he apologised to me. Let the boy work. Everybody makes mistakes – I made a lot of mistakes.”
Mourinho is waiting to discover from the FA if he will be charged for his reaction to Ianni’s provocation. Referee Mike Dean is expected to include the bust-up in his report, which the governing body are due to study on Monday.