Nemanja Matic received a red card for his reaction to the challenge at Stamford Bridge…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has labelled the tackle by Burnley star Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic as ‘criminal’, reports ESPN.
The Blues midfielder was sent off for his reaction to the horror tackle, when he got up off the floor and shoved over his opponent.
The Portuguese manager has already complained about the refereeing during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, and believes that the Clarets should have been down to ten men in the encounter.
The 53-year-old said, “When I finished at the game against Liverpool, I went to the dressing room and the first thing I saw on the big screen, reading non-stop — ‘Diego Costa crimes. I would like to know how do you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word. When you think ‘Diego crimes’ after he puts his boot on a hand, when this is ‘Diego crimes,’ the minimum you have to say is ‘criminal tackle.”
He added, “Did you apologise to Chelsea, to Diego or myself? You didn’t. As an institution, Sky is so important in the Premier League, you never apologise. When Diego Costa has a three-match ban, probably three matches to Matic… tell me how many matches this player deserves?”
Matic is suspended for the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday.
The League Cup was the first trophy that Mourinho won with the London side in his first spell, and he will be hoping that this is the case again on the weekend.