Jose Mourinho is ready to further damage his relationship with the Football Association by using the mantra “weak and naive” if referees fail to perform to his standard, according to the Guardian.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger escaped punishment despite using those words to describe Mike Dean in the aftermath of his team's 2-0 reverse against Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the FA decided to fine Mourinho £50,000 and hand him a suspended one-match stadium ban after accusing referees in the Premier League of being "afraid" to make big decisions in favour of the Blues.
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Once again, Mourinho accused Slovenian official Damir Skomina of failing to take the appropriate action when Cesc Fabregas appeared to be fouled inside the box during Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev. The Special One called him "weak and naive" in a thinly-veiled attack on the FA, but UEFA may still take a different view.
Mourinho has theorised that as Wenger got away with the same phrase, he will be safe to describe referees in the same manner for the rest of the season. By not punishing Wenger, the FA have set a precedent that Mourinho is willing to test.
After receiving his fine, Mourinho said managers can “write in a little book and, when we go into a press conference, we know ‘afraid’ costs £50,000, while ‘weak and naive’ we can use”.
Mourinho always wins
The Special One has frequently claimed there is a campaign against his team, even though they ran away with the Premier League title last season. Results, as well as decisions, have gone against them this season, but Mourinho's agenda is still winning through.
Indeed, if Mourinho uses "weak and naive" and the FA do not punish him, then he gets away with criticising referees. Alternatively, if he uses it and the FA do punish him, his theory is further strengthened.
It's evil, it's genius.