Chelsea Manager Jose Mouringo Could Face Ban After Outburst At Referee Following Tottenham Loss

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The Portuguese coach slammed Phil Dowd.

Jose Mourinho could face an FA ban after his comments about referee Phil Dowd following Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Thursday, reports the Times.

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Mourinho claimed that whilst his side were still 1-0 up they should have been given a penalty because Jan Vertonghen handled the ball in the box and then also appeared to criticise Dowd’s fitness due to his inability to keep up with Eden Hazard.

The defeat to Spurs leaves the Blues level on 46 points with Manchester City at the top of the table after they beat Sunderland 3-2 in an exciting clash at the Etihad Stadium on New Year’s Day.

It’s not the first time Mourinho has blamed the officials in recent times either, with the 51-year-old furious when Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty during the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday and the Portuguese coach has hinted at a number of injustices against his side.

“I hate to lose but I prefer to lose like I did against Newcastle [United, 2-1] with a clean performance by Martin Atkinson [the referee],” the former Real Madrid boss was quoted by the Times.

“I’m more shocked with other things than to concede five goals. But where I am shocked is that, in three days, we had two incredible decisions that punished us in a very hard way.

“With the result 1-0, one clear action could make it 2-0. Normally, at 2-0, the result would be completely different. It was clear, like the one against Southampton. They’re the ones that are difficult to accept.

“But managers and players we win and lose. And Mr Dowd didn’t lose.

“After that there is an action on Eden Hazard which Hazard tells me 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. For the decision he was ten metres away, he couldn’t make it.”

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was given a two-match ban back in 2009 for dubbing Mike Riley ‘unfit’ and it’s hard to see Mourinho getting away with these comments unpunished.

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