LONDON — If, and it is a huge if, I decide to make a less than flattering gesture to someone in a bar I would make sure I knew where the guy was standing. Otherwise, I might find myself explaining my actions to a few people who were less than happy with what they saw.

Last Sunday, during the Carling Cup final, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho put his finger over his mouth as he turned toward Liverpool fans after Steven Gerrard had scored a 79th-minute own-goal equalizer.

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