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Jose Mourinho: 'I am happy that I don't have an electronic tag'

Matt McGeehan

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

Mourinho felt aggrieved Wenger went unpunished for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” following Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea last month
Mourinho felt aggrieved Wenger went unpunished for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” following Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea last month

A seething Jose Mourinho has rounded on the English Football Association for perceived inconsistencies in its disciplinary process - and again hit out at Arsene Wenger without naming the Arsenal boss.

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Mourinho was handed a one-match suspended stadium ban and fined £50,000 on Wednesday evening after accepting a misconduct charge from the FA for comments he made about the officials in the wake of the 3-1 loss to Southampton on October 3.

The Portuguese will be banned from the stadium if he speaks out of turn again in the next 12 months.

"Every word I say is a big risk for me," said the Chelsea boss, who was speaking in London to promote his book 'Mourinho'.

"I am happy that I don't have an electronic tag. I think it's not far from (that).

"I also think that £50,000 in the world where we live today is an absolute disgrace.

"And I also think that the possibility of getting a stadium ban is also something absolutely astonishing."

Mourinho felt aggrieved Wenger went unpunished for calling referee Mike Dean "weak" and "naive" following Arsenal's defeat to Chelsea last month.

Yet the Portuguese was sanctioned for his criticism of Robert Madeley, the official in the loss to Saints.

Wenger also escaped punishment for pushing Mourinho in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014, something which still grates with the Chelsea boss.

Mourinho, who called for the media to "go deep" in examining his fractious relationship with the FA, added: "There is something that, now, we know. One, we can push people in the technical area. We can, no problem.

"The word 'afraid' is a punishment, and a hard punishment. But to say the referee was 'weak and naive', referring to one of the top referees, not just in this country, also in Europe, to call him 'weak and naive' we can do.

"The only good thing of this last decision by the FA is that every manager in this country can write in a little book and, when he goes to the press conference, he knows that 'afraid' costs £50,000. 'Weak and naive', you can do it.

"It's more important for the football in this country - a word, than (an) aggression. The only two good things that I take from this (the FA decision) is that. It's good for everyone. And it's the fact I still can walk in London without an electronic tag."

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