Mour­inho mocks Ri­ley over call

Chelsea coach in­censed af­ter ref phones Baggies to apol­o­gise over penalty de­ci­sion

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JOSE MOUR­INHO has crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion of ref­er­ees’ chief Mike Ri­ley to apol­o­gise to Steve Clarke for the de­ci­sion that de­nied West Bromwich Al­bion vic­tory at Stam­ford Bridge.

West Brom man­ager Clarke and his play­ers were left in­censed when ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner awarded an added­time penalty for Mour­inho’s Chelsea side when the Blues were trail­ing 2-1 in their re­cent Pre­mier League clash.

Con­tro­versy sur­rounded the de­ci­sion with Chelsea mid­fielder Ramires ac­cused of go­ing to ground un­der an in­nocu­ous chal­lenge from West Brom’s Steven Reid al­though Mour­inho main­tains Mar­riner got it right.

Clarke con­firmed this week he had re­ceived a call from Ri­ley to apol­o­gise for the de­ci­sion, prompt­ing Mour­inho to ques­tion whether the head of the Pro­fes­sional Game Match Of­fi­cials Lim­ited had now set a prece­dent.

“I’m very cu­ri­ous to know if it was just an iso­lated phone call,” Chelsea man­ager Mour­inho said yes­ter­day. “I’m cu­ri­ous to know if peo­ple see that as a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion. I’m in­ter­ested to know if that was the start and, from now on, it’ll be the same for every­body. I’m very cu­ri­ous to know, and to know the con­se­quences of it.”

He added: “At least the ref­er­ees now know one thing: if in a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion – I’m not say­ing a mis­take – that hy­po­thet­i­cally, hy­po­thet­i­cally, favours Chelsea, they know they will be pub­licly ex­posed by their boss.

“They can make hy­po­thet­i­cal mis­takes favour­ing other teams and noth­ing hap­pens. If, hy­po­thet­i­cally, they make a mis­take they are pub­licly ex­posed by their own boss.”

And re­fer­ring to other man­agers who have been on the re­ceiv­ing end of de­bat­able de­ci­sions this sea­son, he added: “I’m cu­ri­ous to know if Steve Bruce ( Hull City) got a phonecall. I’m in­ter­ested to know if Chris Hughton (Nor­wich) got a phonecall. I’m in­ter­ested to know if (Swansea’s Michael) Lau­drup got a phonecall.

“No­body called me to apol­o­gise about the fact that it was not a free-kick against West Bromwich ahead of their sec­ond goal, or the penalty at Ever­ton that would have been 1-1 for us. I don’t know if (As­ton Villa man­ager) Paul Lam­bert got a phonecall. I don’t know.”

Mour­inho also con­demned com­ments from West Brom

“I’m cu­ri­ous to know if Steve Bruce (Hull City) got a phonecall. I'm in­ter­ested to know if Chris Hughton (Nor­wich) got a phonecall. I’m in­ter­ested to know if (Swansea’s Michael) Lau­drup got a phonecall”

cen­tre-back Jonas Ols­son, who claimed the man­ager called him a “Mickey Mouse player” in the tun­nel af­ter the game.

“I think gi­ant play­ers, gi­ant coaches and gi­ant clubs don’t speak about what hap­pens in the tun­nel. The game is the game. The game fin­ished.

“In the tun­nel, some­times, a cou­ple of things hap­pen. A cou­ple of words. Not ag­gres­sions. Noth­ing. But gi­ant clubs, gi­ant play­ers and gi­ant man­agers close their mouth. The next day is another day.”

Mour­inho re­vealed left-back Ash­ley Cole is in con­tention for the visit to West Ham United af­ter a rib in­jury but striker Fer­nando Tor­res will miss the trip across Lon­don.

“Fer­nando is not ready. Not yet. Al­most, but not yet. And Ash­ley Cole is se­lected. He still feels it a lit­tle bit, but we know it’s a sit­u­a­tion that he’ll have pain for quite a long time. But he’s se­lected.”

Mour­inho ad­mit­ted to con­cerns about his side’s away form fol­low­ing the re­cent de­feat at New­cas­tle United.

“We have to do bet­ter, I agree. We had very dif­fi­cult matches away. Our fixtures, un­til now, were not the eas­i­est, es­pe­cially when we speak about matches away.

“We played al­ready against two ti­tle con­tenders. We played against Ever­ton and New­cas­tle, al­ways dif­fi­cult sta­di­ums. Not teams who fight for the ta­ble, but fight for the sec­ond block of teams,” said Mour­inho, whose team are four points be­hind lead­ers Arse­nal.” – Sapa-AFP

MY BALL IS BIG­GER… Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho looks to re­turn the ball to Jonas Ols­son of West Brom dur­ing the Pre­mier League match be­tween Chelsea and West Bromwich Al­bion at Stam­ford Bridge. Later, Mour­inho called Ols­son ‘a Mickey Mouse player’ in the tun­nel.

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