Jose Mourinho & Chelsea furious with FA punishment

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Jose Mourinho is furious after being served a fine and a suspended stadium ban by the FA for claiming Premier League referees were "afraid" to give Chelsea decisions, according to the Mirror.

The Blues manager went on a familiar verbal tirade in his post-match press conference following Southampton's shock 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on October 3.

He was particularly angry with Robert Madley's decision to book Radamel Falcao for diving when Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg appeared to make contact with the Colombian with the scores level at 1-1.

TV replays appeared to show Falcao making the most of very slight contact, but Mourinho had had already made up his mind.

Mourinho said: “I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly that referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.

“If the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers, but they punish me. It’s not a problem for me.”

And the FA have indeed punished the Special One, fining him £50,000 and handing him a suspended one-match stadium ban. It is certainly not the biggest punishment Mourinho has received, but it has irked him nonetheless, mainly because his arch rival, Arsene Wenger, got off scot-free after making similar comments towards referee Mike Dean.

Wenger escapes

The Arsenal manager escaped punishment despite calling Dean "naive" and "weak" after their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on September 19. The comment referred to the referee's failure to send off Diego Costa for pushing Laurent Koscielny in the face.

Chelsea see little difference between Mourinho's comments and Wenger's and are incredulous over the FA's decision to punish one but not the other. It also adds to Mourinho's belief that his Premier League rival regularly slips through the net and plays by a different set of rules.

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