Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described his £50,000 fine from the FA as “a disgrace” while joking that he’s lucky to escape having an electronic tag.
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Speaking at a promotional event for his book, as reported by Sky Sports, the Portuguese tactician discussed the fine and a suspended one-match stadium ban that he was handed earlier this week.
The charge came in relation to his post-match comments after the 3-1 defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge prior to the international break. Mourinho claimed in a Sky Sports interview that the officials “are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea”, and unsurprisingly that landed him in hot water with the governing body.
Mourinho went on to blast the way in which rival boss Arsene Wenger continues to escape punishment, despite calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive” following Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea last month.
Furthermore, the Arsenal manager wasn’t punished for pushing Mourinho on the sidelines during a game in October 2014, and that evidently still annoys the Chelsea boss as he brought it up again during his passionate argument.
The reigning Premier League champions have had a difficult start to the season as they sit in 16th place in the table after eight games. However, Mourinho will be hoping to start afresh after the international break with Aston Villa visiting west London on Saturday afternoon.
Tim Sherwood’s men arrive in the capital in the relegation zone after a troubled start to the campaign, but with Chelsea seemingly looking vulnerable this year, he will be hopeful that his side can come away with a positive result.