Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has apologised to referee Kevin Friend after the Blues secured a 3-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup third round yesterday.
As reported by BBC Sport, Mourinho, who has been involved in a number of controversial issues with match officials in recent weeks, has insisted that Friend did a great job at Stamford Bridge yesterday, despite his initial comments.
At first, Mourinho was left frustrated that Chelsea weren't awarded a penalty kick when Craig Cathcart handled a Diego Costa shot, however the 'Special One' has now insisted Friend dealt with the incident exceptionally.
Friend insisted that he was going to give the Blues a spot-kick, however opted to play an advantage, which ultimately saw striker Loic Remy find the back of the net.
And, after listening to Friend's explanation, Mourinho has apologised to the referee as he told reporters: "I want to apologise for my comments in some TV interviews."
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"What the referee did was great refereeing.
"He saw that it was a penalty, he was going to give a penalty, but he saw the ball was going to Remy and he waited a couple of seconds.
"He told me that if Remy didn't control the ball well or the ball goes over the bar or the ball is lost, he would have given the penalty."
All-in-all, despite further refereeing controversy, the Blues enjoyed an enjoyable afternoon against their Championship opponents. As well as Remy, forward Willian and man of the match Kurt Zouma struck for Mourinho's side as they cemented their place in tonight's fourth round draw.
There's no doubt about it, after suffering their second defeat of the season against Tottenham on New Year's Day, the Blues will be in great spirits after returning to winning ways against Watford, and will now be hoping to kick on in the Premier League this weekend.
The Blues are set to remain on home soil for this weekend's Premier League outing as they play host to Newcastle United. Mourinho and Co. will certainly be hoping that they're not embroiled in any more controversy with referees over the coming weeks as the Blues go in search of success.
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