Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has vented his anger at officials over the treatment of his players this season…
Jose Mourinho has hit out at match officials for treating his players unfairly and turning them into victims, according to the Express.
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The Chelsea boss believes his players, and Diego Costa in particular, have been victimised this season.
Mourinho claimed that the Brazilian born Spanish international is being judged based on his La Liga reputation, and not on his behaviour since his summer switch to the Premier League.
The £32m signing has received seven bookings this season already, despite Mourinho claiming his conduct this campaign has been exemplary.
“Diego Costa is having an amazing season in terms of every aspect of his discipline, yet he has seven yellow cards,” he said.
“You have any doubts? Starting on day one when there was a penalty and a red card against Burnley and he was booked for simulation? On day one.”
The former Real Madrid manager was also scathing in his response when asked about independent panels judging incidents retrospectively.
“The independent panels don’t do that job well in any case. When you go to an independent panel to analyse and suspend players by video evidence, it’s a disaster,” Mourinho continued.
“I remember last season – and I don’t want to mention names of clubs and players – you had players and clubs punished by panels and you had players and clubs protected by panels.
“I saw somebody kick a player on the floor, hit him in the back, no suspension. I saw others with minor things being suspended.”
He refused to name which clubs he felt were the “protected” ones, but dropped plenty of hints.
Mourinho is not alone in his thinking that things need to change in the Premier League, with refereeing needing an overhaul in order to fix the real issues.
But have the league leaders really been victims this season?