Former Premiership referee Jeff Winter has accused Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho of double standards for accusing Lionel Messi of play-acting to get Asier del Horno sent off.
Winter insists Del Horno’s challenge on the Barcelona youngster was “110 times worse” than the incident which led to Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina getting dismissed earlier this month.
Reina was red-carded for making contact with Arjen Robben, with the Blues winger roundly criticised for making the most of minimal contact.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Winter told Sky Sports News. “It’s only three weeks ago when Robben was touched in the face by the Liverpool goalkeeper, but what Robben does is dive to the deck like he’s been hit by a bullet.
“Here we are weeks later, he’s turning around to an opposition player, castigating him for diving, play-acting and cheating, when in all honesty, the challenge on Messi was 110 times worse than Reina’s contact with Robben.”