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Mourinho Hints at Referee Bias Against Chelsea

  • Guardian, Monday, March 17, 2014 3:06 PM

Jose Mourinho has asked that referee Chris Foy not be allowed to officiate Chelsea matches for the rest of the Premier League season due to his record of having sent off six Chelsea players in his last eight games involving the club. Foy on Saturday sent off both Willian and Ramires in addition to banishing the Blues boss to the stands in a fractious encounter at Villa Park that ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Stamford Bridge club.

"I know," Mourinho said after being quoted Foy’s record of dismissals in Chelsea matches. "The players were speaking about it during the week. My philosophy is that I never care who the ref is, I don't want to know. I always think that the referee is a good referee but during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think from now on, the next time we have Mr. Foy, I have to work my people in a different way."

Asked what he meant by that, the Portuguese went on to suggest that perhaps his players had a point: "But do they [the players] have a reason? Maybe it is helpful that the [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] committee doesn't send him to our matches. I don't have the right to request [that]. I think they have to analyze the situation and see if every time he has Chelsea – or not every time – but many times he has Chelsea and problems are there, I think maybe it would be a good decision."

Mourinho added that he could not understand why Foy sent him to the stands in the final minutes, either, after both sides jumped onto the field following Ramires’ dangerous challenge on Karim El Ahmadi, for which the Brazilian was deservedly sent off. Following the incident, the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach accused Gabriel Agbonlahor of grabbing Ramires by the neck, and maintains that he simply asked Jonathan Moss, the fourth official, if Foy was going to allow that. It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will face any punishment for his conduct, a decision that will be made after reviewing the referee’s match report.

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