Monday 11 December 2017

Mourinho blasts Atkinson after Chelsea hold onto draw

Chelsea 1 Burnley 1

Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea’s draw with Burnley.
Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea’s draw with Burnley.
Chelsea's Kurt Zouma and Burnley's Danny Lafferty collide during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge
Burnley's Ben Mee (Top) rises above the Chelsea defence to score his team's first goal
Defender Ben Mee (R) celebrates with Danny Ings after scoring Burnley's equaliser
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic received a straight red card for violent conduct

Duncan Bech

Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on referee Martin Atkinson after Chelsea's draw with Burnley.

The turning point of the match unfolded in the 70th minute when Nemanja Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes to the ground in response to a nasty one-footed lunge from the forward.

Mourinho insisted that Barnes should not have been on the pitch to commit the studs-up foul as his 31st-minute knee on Branislav Ivanovic was worthy of a red card.

The Chelsea boss also disagreed with Atkinson's decision to reject penalty appeals when Michael Kightly handed the ball in the 34th minute and Jason Shackell barged over Diego Costa in the 44th minute. Ivanovic opened the scoring before Ben Mee headed home an 81st-minute equaliser.

Mourinho, mindful of avoiding another run-in with authorities, chose his words carefully as he criticised Atkinson. "This game had four crucial moments - minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. This is the story of this game. I can't comment because it's difficult for me to not say the truth," Mourinho said.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche refused to antagonise Mourinho, though clearly disagreed with his belief that Barnes should have been sent off.

"I've only seen it as it happened. It looked like a coming together at an odd angle. Then Matic reacts in the way he did," Dyche said.

"I will look back at it again, but I haven't seen it since. But there's more to talk about than that because it was an excellent performance.

"Barnes was involved in something earlier in what sense? Playing football? A charge in the back? Is there anything else? The grass was too short? "I have total respect for Jose Mourinho, his players and Chelsea. Fantastic manager, fantastic club."

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