Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims there is a campaign against Chelsea that is influencing referee’s decision making following the Blues 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Mourinho was clearly upset with referee Anthony Taylor did not award Chelsea a penalty in the 55th minute when Southampton defender Matt target tripped Cesc Fabregas, but issued the former Barcelona man a yellow card for diving.
Overall the Blues boss was happy with the way his team played, but blamed the booking of Fabregas on the Boxing Day allegations made against Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill of diving made by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
“Of course (it has influenced the referee),” he said when talking to Sky Sports following the match. “That’s a campaign, that’s a clear campaign. People, pundits, commentators, coaches from other teams – they react with Chelsea in a way they don’t react to other teams.
“They put lots of pressure on the referee and the referee makes a mistake like this. We lose two points, Fabregas earns a yellow card.”
Mourinho only claimed that Taylor had made a mistake, but said a similar decision outside of England would have caused a scandal.
“In this country – and I am happy with that, more than happy with that – we will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence in the result.
“I am happy that it is this way, with respect for the referee. He made a big mistake like I make, like the players make sometimes.”
“Out of nothing, Sam Allardyce starts speaking about Chelsea players diving, and in another game it is another coach.
“We are polite people. At the end of the game, no problems, no fights, no shouting to referees, but the reality is that there are penalties and penalties, and this one is a huge one.
“Can you understand why a coach after the game says Chelsea players are diving? Match after match they are saying the same. And the other opponents are the ones who are getting the penalties that decide matches and results.
“I will go to the referee in 15 minutes just to wish him a good year and to tell him that he will be ashamed when he sees it on television.”