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Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Fumes At ‘Criminal’ Tackle By Ashley Barnes

Nemanja Matic was sent off instead of the Burnley man for his reaction to the challenge.

Jose Mourinho spoke for the first time regarding the tackle which caused Nemanja Matic to react out of anger and get himself sent off.

Burnley midfielder Ashley Barnes’ tackled high and his studs caught Matic above the ankle, a foul which could have caused serious damage.

Speaking to Goals On Sunday on Sky Sports, Mourinho challenged Sky as an organisation to be harsh on their description of the tackle just as they were on Diego Costa.

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“I would like to know how you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word,” Mourinho said (via Mirror Football).

“When you say Diego’s crimes because he put his foot on another man (Liverpool’s Emre Can last month) you have to say this is a criminal tackle, minimum.”

It was perfect timing for the Chelsea boss to be given a large audience a day after being frustrated by a referee’s decision and could help influence decisions in the future.

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