Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho decided to use his latest pre-match press conference as a vehicle to express his surprise at another decision from the Football Association, after they decided not to punish Robin van Persie for catching James Tomkins last weekend.
Van Persie's flailing arm made contact with Tomkins during an altercation during Sunday's 1-1 draw between Manchester United and West Ham United, but referee Mark Clattenburg saw the incident and only deemed the offence worthy of a free kick.
Clattenburg's decision leaves the FA to take the matter further but that's not enough to appease Mourinho, who is still incandescent with the decision to ban his star striker Diego Costa for a stamp on Emre Can.
Press conference jousts back on Mourinho's agenda
Mourinho met the press at Chelsea's Cobham training ground earlier today and was first asked if his mood had improved over the last 10 days, but turned what started as a positive answer into another criticism of the FA.
The Blues boss said: “I’m OK, I’m fine. I was in a good mood the other day. I was in a good mood. I just need a little bit more time to forget why my player was suspended, to understand why some people are punished and others aren’t. I need a little bit more time to process that.
Van Persie's conduct under the microscope
When pressed about which incident has drawn his ire Mourinho eventually conceded that he felt Van Persie deserved to be investigated for elbowing Tomkins, a move which the Hammers defender feels was deliberate.
He claimed: “I paid lots of attention this weekend. The same people who suspended my player didn’t want to suspend another player this weekend, and a player could have been suspended this weekend and he wasn’t. I’m still processing that information.
“Somebody who did this [gestures an elbow when Van Persie’s name was put to him] in the face of somebody, and nothing happened. I know that if it was one of mine … ”
Mourinho clearly thinks there's a case of double standards among the decision makers at the highest level of English football, but regardless Chelsea have pressed on to carve out a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Blues will play their final game without Costa against Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, come through that unscathed and you have to make Chelsea overwhelming favourites to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in five years come May.
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