Jose Mourinho slams FA over fine
“Disgraceful” is the word Jose Mourinho used to describe the FA’s one-match ban and 50,000 pounds punishment.
The sanctions were meted out to the Chelsea manager for comments he made after the club’s 1-3 loss to Southampton.
Mourinho had claimed referees were “afraid” to award his team penalties after a Radamel Falcao penalty shout was turned down.
Mourinho compared his sanctions to Arsene Wenger, who went unpunished for calling a referee “weak and naive” after Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea.
“I understand you are a critic. I do not understand your reaction to the FA and myself, every word I say is a big risk of me,” Mourinho said at an event to launch his new book.
“I am happy I do not have an electronic tag. A £50,000 fine is an absolute disgrace and the possibility of a stadium ban is absolutely astonishing.”
“When I compare different people, different behaviors, with similar words, the difference between ‘afraid’ and ‘weak and naive’ is £10,000 and one-match stadium ban. Premier League managers have difficulties with the press — we have to do press when [we] would prefer not to.”
“We now know we can push people, to say the referee is ‘weak and naive’ we can do it. Every manager in this country knows ‘afraid’ costs £50,000 but ‘weak and naive,’ we can do it.”