Pavel Datsyuk to the rescue! Former Red Wings star helps Jose Mourinho after faceoff tumble

Posted at 9:23 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 21:23:43-05

BALASHIKHA, Russia (AP) — Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has ceremonially opened an ice hockey game in Russia — and promptly fallen on the ice.

Mourinho was given the honor of making the first puck drop on Monday at the Kontinental Hockey League game between Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg.

As he turned to walk off the ice, he slipped on a red carpet and fell backward before being helped up by SKA player and two-time Stanley Cup winner Pavel Datsyuk.

There were no immediate reports that the Portuguese soccer coach was injured in any way. Avangard won 2-0.

Mourinho has been without a club since December when United fired him for poor results.

...he then fell over 😳

— Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) February 4, 2019