Friday 20 April 2018

Mourinho uses Van Persie elbow to fuel agenda theory

Manchester United's Robin van Persie elbowed James Tomkins in the face during last clash at Upton Park, leaving the West Ham United defender with a broken nose.
Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
Manchester United's Robin van Persie elbowed James Tomkins in the face during last clash at Upton Park, leaving the West Ham United defender with a broken nose. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jose Mourinho believes that Robin van Persie would not have escaped punishment for elbowing James Tomkins last Sunday had he been a Chelsea player.

The Chelsea manager raised his new theory ahead of tonight's home game against Everton.

Van Persie elbowed Tomkins in the face during last Sunday's match at Upton Park, leaving the defender with a broken nose.

Mark Clattenburg gave a free-kick, but nothing more. And, as the referee saw and dealt with the incident, there was no scope for retrospective action under Premier League rules.

For Mourinho, it is perfect bait. "I need a little bit more time to forget why my player (Diego Costa) was suspended, to understand why some people are punished and others are not," he said.

Mourinho did not mention Van Persie by name but it was obvious about whom he was talking.

"Somebody who did this in the face of somebody, and nothing happened," said Mourinho, making an elbowing motion. "I know that if it was one of mine. . ."

Much of Mourinho's frustration has been aimed at Sky and former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp for a perceived eagerness to highlight the misdemeanours of Chelsea players while ignoring others.

Asked whether he thought there was enough analysis of the Van Persie incident with Tomkins, Mourinho replied with a broad smile: "I was told they had a technical problem. The replays were not coming. Yeah."

Striker Romelu Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge tonight for the first time since he joined Everton permanently for a club-record £28m. Asked how Chelsea negotiate such high fees for their squad players, Mourinho said: "Because they are good. We don't sell garbage." (© Independent News Service)

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