Mourinho does not think that Diego Costa has deserved his seven red cards this season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has had some harsh words for the Premier League referees following his side’s 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge this weekend, report the Mail, with the Portuguese feeling that star striker Diego Costa is being unfairly targeted and does not deserve to have accrued his seven yellow cards.
Costa picked up his seventh yellow card of the season in the second half of Saturday’s game for a dive when challenged by Curtis Davies and, despite television replays appearing to show that Costa made the most of minimal contact, Mourinho did not feel that the Spaniard deserved a booking for simulation.
The former Atletico Madrid man has also been booked for simulation on one other occasion this season, whilst his other five yellow cards have come from fouls, but Mourinho feels that only two of the players cards were deserved and that his La Liga reputation is causing referees to view Costa unfairly:
“I remember two (of Costa’s yellows) that are understandable and fair. Against Newcastle and Liverpool. Other times he touches one guy and it is a yellow card. Everything he does is a yellow card.”
Costa certainly arrived in the Premier League with a reputation for combustible play and aggressiveness, as well as his prolific goalscoring and, despite him continuing his game in this manner in England, Mourinho feels that he is being unfairly targeted.