JOSE MOURINHO: CHELSEA MANAGER CALLS FA FINE A ‘DISGRACE’
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his Football Association fine is a “disgrace” after being ordered to pay £50,000.
Mourinho had claimed officials were “afraid” to award his team penalties after Robert Madley denied the Blues a spot-kick in a 3-1 loss to Southampton.
It was announced on Wednesday that the 52-year-old had also been given a suspended one-match stadium ban.
“I’m happy I don’t have an electronic tag,” said the Portuguese on Thursday.
“£50,000 is a disgrace. The possibility of getting a stadium ban is astonishing.”
Mourinho also had another dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – without naming the Gunners boss.
He felt aggrieved Wenger went unpunished for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” following Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea last month.
Mourinho claimed the FA had set a dangerous precedent by rescinding a red card given to Arsenal’s Gabriel, who had been sent off for kicking out at Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Wenger also faced no action after pushing Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014.
“Afraid costs £50,000. Weak and naive – you can do it,” added Mourinho, who signed a new four-year deal at Chelsea in August.
“We can push people in the technical area. We can, no problem.”
Later, in an interview with the BBC’s Dan Walker, to be shown on Saturday’s Football Focus, Mourinho reiterated his unhappiness with the FA.
When asked if his relationship with English football’s governing body could be fixed, he said: “It’s not my relationship with the FA, it’s their relationship towards me.
“You should analyse what’s happening with me, compare it with other managers. Do you think a word is comparable with a push in the eyes of everyone?
“I can’t say anything because the next time I speak, seriously a stadium ban, then after an electronic tag.”