Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reacted angrily to the news that referee Martin Atkinson was backed up by the FA after his controversial performance during the Blues’ match with Burnley, reports The Sun.
The official turned down a number of penalty claims, and didn’t punish Ashley Barnes for his dangerous lunge at Nemanja Matic in the heated encounter. He even sent off the Serbian for his reaction to the tackle.Despite this the FA delegate at the match Steve Greaves backed the ref’s performance.
Mourinho is especially unhappy at this being overlooked as the FA delegates are treated so well at Stamford Bridge. However, the London side may have only themselves to blame for this treatment. The Daily Mirror released on Friday an article claiming that the Blues are the worst in the Premier league at respecting officials and not trying to intimidate them.
The Portuguese said: “The only delegate I knew was the one who came on the back page of The Sun, because it was the phenomenal guy who made the report on the Matic situation. I think the food at Chelsea must be too good for them because they cannot be coming up to the stands to watch the games.
“And that one, for sure, he had been eating sushi, lobster, everything. Champagne of high quality. Cristal. Everything. Next season it will be bread and water. These delegates are the same delegates who do the evaluation of the referees’ performances and that I read every week.”
He continued: “These are the same people. It depends on the food and the drinks. We have the best catering and the best drink. We have to change the catering because many, many times they don’t see the games. Really. I think they stay eating and drinking.
“I know that a lie repeated and repeated, there is a risk for it to become true in people’s eyes. But I disagree. I think a lie is a lie.”