Jose Mourinho has reacted furiously to the prospect of Chelsea midfielder Francesc Fabregas being handed a three match suspension after being sent off during the Blues’ 3-0 away loss to West Bromwich Albion last night, suggesting it was ‘harsh’.
Fabregas received his marching orders from referee Mike Jones after kicking a ball into a crowd of West Brom players during a break from play - the ball struck Chris Brunt on the head - and will definitely miss Chelsea’s last match of the campaign, at home to Sunderland this weekend.
However the Spaniard could well be slapped with a three game ban, one that would result in him not being eligible to play in the opening two games of next year.
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That particular scenario is one that Mourinho has publicly scoffed at, relaying via FourFourTwo that he didn’t believe the punishment fairly reflected the crime.
"Three-game bans for this? Jesus Christ," Mourinho blasted.
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"Three-game bans for this? Okay.
"Of course it's harsh. If we get three games with this... Imagine ... Jesus."
Most football fans will understand the source of Mourinho’s pain when it’s considered that Fabregas has been his chief playmaker this term.
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18 assists in the Premier League alone have vindicated Chelsea’s decision to spend close to £30 million on the ex-Barcelona man and the thought of kicking off a campaign wherein he’ll be expected to retain the title without Fabregas will be a source of frustration for the man who has transformed Chelsea’s fortunes since his own return to the Premier League in 2013.
That said the Blues aren’t short of classy midfield options, and if the rumours are to be believed they could well bolster their ranks with Paul Pogba in the summer, if of course they can pip the other European giants fighting for his signature to the mark.
Another avenue Mourinho might consider is giving the young Ruben Loftus-Cheek a starting berth, a route made more feasible by the fact the 19-year-old recently made his debut from the off against Liverpool.
Coming back to an earlier point though, and one that Mourinho is sure to agree with, it’s bemusing that Fabregas should be handed up to a three-match suspension when Diego Costa, who was the cause of play stopping in the first place for raising his hands against Gareth McAuley, got away with a yellow card.
Chelsea fans, do you agree with Mourinho’s verdict that a suspension for Fabregas would be harsh? Let us know in the comments box below.