Jose Mourinho ended a self-imposed vow of silence by claiming he and Chelsea are treated differently to everyone else.
Not one to bite his tongue, the Blues manager took himself out of the firing line before and after last weekend’s match against Newcastle having been hit by a Football Association misconduct charge.
Mourinho was charged for comments made following the Blues’ 1-1 draw at Southampton on December 28, when, amongst other things, he claimed there was a “clear campaign” by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” against Chelsea.
The Blues manager resumed his media responsibilities on the eve of Saturday’s trip to Swansea, and expressed his belief that officials are being put under undue pressure.
Mourinho said referees need freedom to officiate and that “the reactions and the influence that you can have on their stability to ref this team or that team” is unfair – a wider issue he claims Chelsea are getting a raw deal with.
The Portuguese pointed to the lack of punishment handed to old rival Arsene Wenger after shoving him during October’s match as an example, having spoken about what he perceived to be a lack of debate about Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s handball against Stoke.
“Would you think such a penalty against Chelsea would have a reaction in the media and with managers in the same way after that reaction?” he asked.
“I don’t think so. After that the reaction would be double or treble, so obviously a referee needs to feel free, relaxed and with no pressure to do the best they can.
“With Chelsea and with me the reactions are different. Do you think if I push a manager in the technical area that I don’t have a stadium ban? I have a stadium ban.
“So referees are not guilty, they want to do their best but clearly there are measures and there are ways of reacting and clearly with my club and in relation to myself there are different standards, it’s as simple as that and you know that.”
Put to Mourinho that his comments can exacerbate such reactions, he retorted: “What do you want me to do when I’m winning against Tottenham 1-0 and I have that penalty for 2-0?
“What I should do after a game like that? Don’t go to the press?
“If after Tottenham I don’t go to the press, I don’t have flash interviews or have to answer your questions about ’why did you lose?’, ’how can you lose?’, ’what happened?’, ’is it a penalty?’ – if I can run away from that, it is perfect for me.
“If this press conference today was last week, it would be completely different.”
As well as the opportunity to avoid the media, Mourinho would like officials to get more help and suggested referees should be able to watch replays of incidents.
“I want that,” Mourinho said. “In which way I don’t know, but I think the less mistakes in the game is good for the game and they don’t want mistakes.
“I think goal line technology is fantastic. And I promise you every game I play now without goal line technology, Champions League and so on, I am worried before the game because I miss it when it is not there. I am worried.”