Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has attacked Luis Suarez, saying that Edin Dzeko should have won the Player of the Year award rather than him.
The Portuguese justifies this with Suarez' history of bad sportsmanship. He told reporters that "he bites, not this season, the previous season," referring to the incident where Suarez bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on the arm.
He added that "this is a different season so I'm not speaking about one mistake that a man can have, and you will have to be punished for the rest of your life if you make a mistake on the football pitch so that's not the point for me."
He chose Dzeko because his player of the year "would be always from the champion, always," and because Dzeko "made the difference," having scored 16 goals for Manchester City this season.
He added: "In this moment, I think he has 16 goals. Sixteen goals for the third striker is something spectacular, and not just that, the quality of his game," he added. He praised Dzeko's attitude and devotion, saying that "in the beginning of the season, he was even behind his manager's first choices and when the team needed him, in crucial moments of the season, he made the difference."
He also lauded Dzeko's sportsmanship, saying that "he's not just a goal scorer, he assists, he plays, he behaves, he's fair, he doesn't dive, doesn't try to put opponents on the stands with accumulation of cards."
The comments will spark controversy, given that Suarez has scored almost twice as many goals as Dzeko this season, but they do raise questions of whether it is justified that a player with a history of unsporting behaviour can be crowned best player of the year.
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