Saturday 20 January 2018

Jose Mourinho risks further punishment as he turns on FA and Arsene Wenger again

Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match stadium ban
Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match stadium ban
Jose Mourinho has been handed a suspended one-match stadium ban

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

Mourinho was handed a one-match suspended stadium ban and fined £50,000 on Wednesday evening after accepting a misconduct charge from the Football Association 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 at Waterstones Piccadilly 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 naïve', 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."

Chelsea won the title last term, in the second season of Mourinho's second spell, but have lost four of eight Premier League games this campaign, leaving the Portuguese under pressure.

Chelsea issued a statement of support - the first in the 12-year Roman Abramovich era of ownership - following the Southampton loss and numerous players have backed their embattled manager during the international break, which ends when the Blues play Aston Villa on Saturday.

He does not anticipate being at Chelsea for the remainder of his career, though - in comments which could be interpreted as a further slight on Wenger, who this month celebrates his 19th anniversary at Arsenal.

"If you ask me how many years I'm still going to coach, I'd risk 15 more," the 52-year-old said.

"I'm in the middle: I did 15, I have 15 more to do. I'll finish at 67. Maybe later if I can.

"Can I stay 15 more years at Chelsea Football Club? I don't think so.

"I don't think modern football allows it any more, so normally I will not finish my career at Chelsea. I would like to, but I don't think it's possible."

The book is a pictorial story of Mourinho's management career to date and celebrates his achievements.

"The fact that the book comes in a moment when my football results are contradictory to the history I have in this book is just a detail," Mourinho said.

"I don't need the book to know what I did. The people who like me don't need the book to know what I did.

"The ones who don't like me are enjoying the moment now, and obviously they are not going to buy the book and spend some time looking at it."

Further speculation of a player mutiny emerged on Thursday and Mourinho made light of the rumours.

He listed those who had spoken out in support of him and then racked his brains for those who had not, joking they would not face Villa.

He said: "I think the mutiny must be... Baba (Rahman). Baba... who else? Falcao? Papy Djilobodji? Oscar? So these four don't play Saturday for sure."

He also said he would not write a controversial book, insisting differences should remain within the team environment.

He said: "There are things in football that are to stay forever in the clubs, in the squads, in the dressing rooms, in every match.

"And I don't see myself writing a controversial book, ever."

In a separate interview with talkSPORT, Mourinho spoke about claims he has issues controlling Chelsea's dressing room.

He said: "It's sad but I don't care really, I don't care. I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care."

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