Furious Mourinho raises heat on Barnes' 'criminal challenge'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho yesterday went out of his way to risk more disciplinary action by going on television to escalate his attack on what he called Ashley Barnes' "criminal challenge" for which the Burnley player went unpunished while the recipient, Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, was sent off in Saturday's 1-1 draw.
Sky Sports' morning programme Goals On Sunday's live guest was scheduled to be James Beattie, but Mourinho replaced the former striker at the last minute, with Sky only announcing his appearance 20 minutes before the programme began.
The Chelsea boss had already been outspoken about the Barnes incident after the game, returning to his recent theme of how officiating decisions constantly go against his side, denying them a bigger lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Yesterday, Mourinho was back on the attack despite being fined £25,000 and warned as to his future conduct less than a month ago after his claims that there was an orchestrated campaign aimed at destabilising Chelsea.
He accused referee Martin Atkinson of making "four mistakes" and also hit out at Sky.
Then on the Barnes' challenge he said: "I can't find the word to describe what that player did. I can clearly understand that football is about emotions and sometimes you lose emotions. Clearly Matic had a reason to lose his emotions. What could be the consequence of his push for the other player? Nothing. The consequence for Matic could be end of career.
"This (tackle) could be end of career. Because I can't find another adjective stronger. I just say this is end of career. Matic is a lucky guy."
He then compared Sky's immediate reaction to Diego Costa's alleged stamping in last month's game against Liverpool (the Chelsea striker was later given a three-match ban).
"When I finished at the game against Liverpool, I went to the dressing-room and the first thing I saw on the big screen, reading non-stop - 'Diego Costa crimes'. I would like to know how you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word.
"When you think 'Diego crimes' after he puts his boot on a hand, when this is 'Diego crimes', the minimum you have to say is 'criminal tackle'."
Mourinho highlighted four incidents which he believed shaped the outcome of the match against Burnley. He is convinced Barnes should have been dismissed for a knee on Branislav Ivanovic in the 31st minute and said Chelsea should have been awarded penalties in the 34th and 44th minutes.
The last incident was the Barnes challenge on Matic and Mourinho questioned the performance of Atkinson. "The best players in the world make mistakes. This gentleman (Atkinson) is one of the top referees in European football, he can also make mistakes," Mourinho said.
"He clearly made four important mistakes yesterday.
"He is like the lawyer who is consistent because he lost 15 of 15 cases. You don't want that lawyer."
However, he added: "I'm not attacking the honest or dignity of anyone, I'm not trying to bring the game into disrepute - which is always (the phrase) they use when they want to punish me. I'm just trying to be honest. I can only remember one decision all season which went in our favour. Now I am risking my dug-out in the (League cup) final because I am having this conversation.
"I speak about these incidents week after week, because they happen week after week. My players are not getting the respect they deserve, and it is too much."
Mourinho then called for referees to be aided with video technology, saying: "If I was a referee I would welcome it, the same as goal-line technology.
"They (referees) are trying but they are not doing well. If the referee cannot see, some official in front of a screen cannot miss it.
"We want to protect the integrity of the game. If the referee cannot see a penalty three metres in front of him, some official in front of a screen cannot miss it.
"If we want to protect the integrity of referees and believe the mistake is a consequence of misinterpretation or a bad position or the unpredictability of the game, I think technology can help." (© Independent News Service)
Sky's the limit... Jose lashes out at coverage
Jose Mourinho made a surprise appearance on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday and delivered a lengthy series of complaints. Here are the key comments.
On Sky Sports' coverage of Diego Costa's stamp on Emre Can: "Did you apologise to Chelsea, to Diego or myself? You didn't. As an institution, Sky is so important in the Premier League. I don't like the fact you start immediately, in that moment, the public judgement of the player."
On Ashley Barnes' challenge on Nemanja Matic, for which Barnes went unpunished while Matic was sent off for retaliating: "When I finished at the game against Liverpool, I went to the dressing-room and the first thing I saw on the big screen, reading non-stop - 'Diego Costa crimes'. I would like to know how do you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word. When you think 'Diego crimes' after he puts his boot on a hand, when this is 'Diego crimes', the minimum you have to say is 'criminal tackle'."
Chelsea would be 12 points clear if decisions had been correct: "If you ask me about the five-points difference, I would say that if we are in a normal situation where mistakes, which are part of the game, are sometimes in our favour, sometimes against us, it wouldn't be five (points), it would be 12."
On Chelsea's reaction to incidents of racism in Paris: "Our reaction couldn't be better. Chelsea's reaction was absolutely fantastic. We couldn't do more than we did in this moment. We are very sorry to be connected to these people."
Independent News Service