Filed: Thursday, 26th February 2015
By: Paul Walker
That master manipulator Jose Mourinho is at our place next week, hope everyone gives him a rousing welcome!
That, surely is the only way to approach a situation that sees us and Spurs first up for matches with Chelsea after Mourinho’s remarkable assault on the entire refereeing community, despite being fined heavily by the FA for recent similar comments, on Sky’s Goals on Sunday tirade.
Frankly I am amazed that the FA have not thrown the book at him already. Jose sat there, with Chris (yes Jose, no Jose, three bags full Jose) Kamara nodding like a demented toy dog in a car window, and got away with murder.
He is trying to get into the heads of referees, mind games on an industrial level to influence their decisions; let’s hope it doesn’t work when Chelsea arrive in East London.
Spurs face Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday in the League Cup Final and then the Blues are at the Boleyn on Wednesday, where they are always made very welcome.
What surely must worry everyone is that Mourinho was given a near two-hour private TV slot to cast his cynical, manipulative web over every referee, lino and fourth official in the land.
Constantly doubting their competence, listing incident after incident that have gone, supposedly, against Chelsea this season, and again alluding to his theme that there is a conspiracy against his club, Mourinho was doing his level best to influence referees’ decisions in the final games of the season.
It was an outrage. Would Sky give every other manager in the Premier League the chance to try to influence referees in this way? They must have been wetting themselves when Jose contacted them and asked to come on the programme.
And just to make sure any referee around missed it first time, they put the whole sorry, cynical programme out again on Monday. And of course you can catch it on demand, too.
It is outrageous to suggest referees are involved in a conspiracy against his team. They may make mistakes, but to suggest it is deliberate is shocking. The FA have done him once for that approach, they should go through every word of the Sky stuff and count the amount of times he tried to undermine Premier League officials.
It has even been suggested that Mike Riley, the refs’ boss, has been to Chelsea’s training ground this week to discuss the situation. Why? The FA have made their position clear once, they should do so again, if they have the balls to take Jose on again.
My fear is that Jose will achieve his aim. The referees will start softening their approach, even subconsciously thinking twice about making decisions against Chelsea. Now I don’t care much whether Spurs suffer after Harry Kane’s dodgy penalty last weekend, but I fear for us next Wednesday when Andre Marriner is in charge.
Mourinho went through the whole ’always the victim’ hand-wringing speech. It was cynical and hypocritical, you would think he doesn‘t send out players to kick opponents, that he never employed the likes of John Obi Mikel or Michael Essien. Or he never used the world’s worst cheat, Arjen Robben in his side.
Chelsea have never been slow in the dark arts. The Mirror have highlighted a Mikel late tackle on Mikel Arteta, a carbon copy of Ashley Barnes’ assault on Nemanja Matic, a while back that had Mourinho defending him with a “football is for men,” quote. The word hypocrite comes to mind, and Mourinho has been getting away with this stuff for years.
He started it on Saturday with his "minute 30, minute 33, minute 43, minute 69" stuff. Just to highlight it all and lay the foundations for the Sky show. Funny that the referees’ match delegate seems to have agreed with all of Martin Atkinson’s decisions.
We can all list grievances. So in true Mourinho fashion, these are mine off the top of my head; I am sure Big Sam has a much longer list:
Match one: Kevin Nolan’s debatable disallowed goal at Manchester United.
Match two: Romelu Lukaku’s blatant offside goal for Everton.
Match three: Alex Song’s disallowed goal against Arsenal when Diafra Sakho, in an offside position, stepped over the ball(Notice that Manchester United were allowed an identical goal at Preston in the Cup when Wayne Rooney got out of the way of Ander Herrera’s shot).
Match four: (A lot here.) James Tomkins has his nose broken by Marouane Fellaini and then was deliberately smacked in the face by Robin Van Persie. No action. Man U’s equaliser came after Fellaini had pushed Carl Jenkinson in the back as he tried to head a cross away, the ball dropped for Daley Blind to equalise.
Match five: WBA’s first goal in our Cup horror show was offside.
Match six: Adrian was wrongly sent-off at Southampton, shocking piece of refereeing that was over-ruled.
(And just for fun) Match seven: Harry Kane should not have been allowed to follow up his penalty miss with the added time of five minutes somehow stretched to seven.
Get the point Jose? We all have our complaints, but we don’t attack the integrity of the entire referees’ list.
We have twice been done by the FA this season for not controlling our players. The first time when we were upset that Everton were kicking lumps out of Mark Noble and Morgan Amalfitano and the second when were rightly upset about Adrian’s red card.
Have you noticed, though, the amount of times Chelsea surround a referee or spent the game questioning every decision?
I could go on. But Mourinho is getting away with it because he is a big name at a big club, and every referee now will be under closer scrutiny in every Chelsea game because of it. And we are right in the firing line.
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