Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims football authorities treat them differently
Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has lashed out at the FA citing favouritism towards other clubs while contesting a charge of attempting to ‘influence’ referee decisions. He was penalised for making comments directed towards the referee in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.
The Portuguese was slapped with a misconduct charge and didn’t fulfil his media commitments for the Newcastle United game last weekend. He said, "With Chelsea and with me the reactions are different.”
Mourinho went on to cite the incident, where Arsene Wenger had pushed him during a league game in October. The Arsenal manager was not sanctioned for his actions. He added, "Do you think if I push a manager in the technical area that I don't have a stadium ban? I have a stadium ban."
“Would you think such a penalty against Chelsea would have a reaction in the media and with managers in the same way?" he asked.
"I don't think so. After that, the reaction would be double or treble, so obviously a referee needs to feel free, relaxed and with no pressure to do the best they can.
On December 22, Mourinho was issued a strong warning by the FA for his comments ahead of the 2-0 win against Stoke. He asked referee Neil Swarbrick to better his performance for the game at the Brittania.
With regard to referees, he said, “referees are not guilty, they want to do their best but clearly there are measures and there are ways of reacting.”