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Chelsea boss curious over ref chief's apology

Mourinho has questioned Riley's decision to apologise to West Brom (©GettyImages)
Mourinho has questioned Riley's decision to apologise to West Brom (©GettyImages).

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has questioned Mike Riley's decision to call West Brom manager Steve Clarke to apologise for the late penalty awarded against them at Stamford Bridge, describing himself as "curious" to know whether it's a one-off.

With the Baggies leading 2-1, Andre Marriner awarded the home side a soft spot-kick in the last minute after Ramires tumbled under minimal contact. 

Eden Hazard converted from 12 yards to salvage a draw for Mourinho's men. 

Clarke then revealed last week that referees' chief Riley had rang to apologise, insisting that it showed he believed Marriner had made the wrong call. 

But in his pre-match press conference for this weekend's game with West Ham, The Special One was clearly agitated by the apology.

"Nobody called me to apologise that it wasn't a free-kick against West Brom for their second goal," he said. 

"I am curious to know if people see that as a normal situation, if now on it is going to be the same for everybody?"

After the game, the Hawthorns chiefs wrote to the Premier League and the referees' body asking for video evidence to be introduced on penalty awards, citing four times they had been on the wrong end of a decision in the 18-yard box this season. 

Now, Mourinho wants to know whether Riley's phone call to Clarke is an isolated incident. 

"I'm very curious to know if it was just an isolated phone call. I'm curious to know if people see that as a normal situation," he added. "I'm interested to know if this is the start, that from now on it's going to be the same for everybody." 

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