Jose Mourinho blatantly hammered referees and claimed roots of a hidden campaign against Chelsea FC, as the Blues slipped to a draw against Southampton. Mourinho, was back to his animated, fiery and sarcastic self, when referee failed to award Chelsea FC a penalty in the 55th minute. Cesc Fabregas was clearly brought down by a tackle from Matt Targett in the 18 yard region, but the referee decided that it was ‘play acting’ and booked the Spanish International instead.
“In other countries where I worked, tomorrow in the sports papers it would be front-page scandal because it is a scandal,” Mourinho said. “I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty – it is a penalty like Big Ben. In this country – and I am happy with that, more than happy with that – we will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence in the result. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed.”
Mourinho believes that this penalty incident took the game away from Chelsea FC. Although Southampton took the lead against Mourinho’s army, the Londoners equalised in the dying embers of the first half, thanks to Eden Hazard. Mourinho, also lamented pundits and blamed that a ‘hidden campaign’ is underway against Chelsea FC.
“Of course (it has influenced the referee),” he said. “That’s a campaign, that’s a clear campaign. People, pundits, commentators, coaches from other teams – they react with Chelsea in a way they don’t react to other teams.
“I think it is clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign,” Mourinho said. “In the first match, Diego got a yellow card when it should have been a penalty and a red card at Burnley. A few months later, we lose two points in a match where the penalty is there and Fàbregas gets a yellow card.’ he elaborated
“Against West Ham, [Enner] Valencia made a very bad dive at the end of the game and Sam is talking about Ivanovic. What is this? What? Why? Which intention? And today you come here, crucial decision. One of these matches between two good teams, difficult match, crucial decisions and the ref makes a wrong decision.”
“It’s not against me because I am not on the pitch, but against Chelsea,In the last couple of weeks, do you want me to tell you the two most important things that happened in my matches? Filipe Luís and Eden Hazard could have broken legs.’
Although Mourinho might rue the penalty-that-should-be, Chelsea FC still reside at the top of the Premier League, thanks to Burnley City who held second placed Manchester City to a 2-2 draw.