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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, pictured, is all about the team

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, pictured, is all about the team

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, pictured, is all about the team

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes an independent panel retrospectively punishing divers would be a "disaster".

The west Londoners have found themselves at the heart of the simulation debate this week after several high-profile incidents during last weekend's 2-0 win against Hull.

Diego Costa and Willian both received yellow cards for dives at Stamford Bridge, where City boss Steve Bruce claimed Gary Cahill went down "like something out of Swan Lake" in the penalty box.

Those incidents, along with a smattering of others, have brought the topic of diving to the fore, with former referee Mark Halsey suggesting the "only one real solution" is to have an independent panel review such decisions retrospectively.

That, Mourinho says, would be a terrible development.

"The independent panels don't do their job well in any case," the Portuguese said. "When you go to an independent panel to analyse and suspend players by video evidence, it is a disaster.

"I remember last season, and I don't want to say the names of clubs or players, you had players and clubs punished by panels and you had clubs and players protected by panels.

"I saw somebody kick a player on the floor, hit him in the back - no suspension. I saw others with minor things being suspended.

"Independent panels are the same ones that last season analysed my situation against Aston Villa and I was punished and suspended because I tried to help, so for me panels only favour the ones who always have the favours."

Refereeing was the main talking point in the press conference ahead of tonight's trip to Stoke, where Mourinho repeatedly underlined the need for referee Neil Swarbrick to control the game.

"I like the test of going to Stoke," he said. "But it's no problem with a good referee."


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