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See former Manchester United coach take tumble at hockey game

Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, center, falls down after making the first puck drop as two-time Stanley Cup winner Pavel Datsyuk of SKA St. Petersburg, right, tries to help him at Monday's Kontinental Hockey League game between Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. | Dmitry Golubovich/Associated Press

BALASHIKHA, Russia — 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.

An Associated Press photographer caught the fall in a series of photos.

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.