Hazard needs to be looked after more by referees says his boss.
Jose Mourinho says that unless referees start offering more protection to Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard the Belgian will leave the Premier League.
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These comments came after the Blues’ 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday, with Mourinho furious that a challenge from Spurs defender Federico Fazio on Hazard was not deemed a foul by match official Phil Dowd.
The 23-year-old actually told his boss after the game that it indeed wasn’t a foul, but that didn’t stop the Portuguese coach ranting about the referee and the way his players are treated.
“After that there is an action on Eden Hazard which Hazard, honest as always, tells me in his opinion was not a foul or a red card. So that is good, in spite of the fact Mr Dowd was too slow to follow that ball. He was 40 yards away, but made the right decision,” Mourinho was quoted by the Telegraph.
“The way match to match he’s being punished by opponents and not protected by referees, maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard. It’s one, two, three, four, five, 10 aggressive fouls against him.
“They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists. He’s a very honest guy in the way he plays, but that’s another problem.”
Mourinho also publicly slammed the decision from Dowd not to award a penalty for the West Londoners for what the 51-year-old said was a handball from Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.
It’s likely he will receive FA sanctions for his outburst.