Jose Mourinho cites Robin Van Persie elbow to highlight double standards

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Jose Mourinho cites Robin Van Persie elbow to highlight double standards

Jose Mourinho wants to know why Chelsea are, in his opinion, treated differently when it comes to disciplinary matters after highlighting an elbow incident involving Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

The Blues boss has questioned the consistency of the FA’s disciplinary department, suggesting had a Chelsea player used his elbow in the same way Van Persie did at West Ham last Sunday he would have been banned.

“The same people (the FA) that suspended my player (Diego Costa) didn’t want to suspend a player this weekend,” Mourinho said.

“And they could. This weekend a player could be suspended and he wasn’t.”

When asked which player he was referring to, Mourinho gestured with an elbow in a clear reference to Van Persie’s challenge on Hammers defender James Tomkins, an incident was dealt with by the match officials, so cannot be subject to retrospective action.

“I know that if it was one of mine, I know,” Mourinho added.

“Last season happened the same thing, when Ramires was suspended (for elbowing Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson).

“It was exactly the same thing. A Manchester City player kicked a player on the floor at Norwich and nothing happened.”

That was a reference to Yaya Toure’s challenge on Ricky van Wolfswinkel, which went unpunished.

Mourinho declined to comment on Leicester boss Nigel Pearson avoiding sanction for his touchline grapple with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur — “I have only thoughts about myself, not about Nigel,” he said — but did wonder how Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger avoided punishment for pushing him at Stamford Bridge last October.

Mourinho repeated his claim made two weeks after the incident that he would have been given a stadium ban had he been the perpetrator, rather than the victim, of Wenger’s push.

“If I push a manager in my technical area, you know that I will be stadium banned,” Mourinho said.

The Blues boss was fined £25,000 (€33,000) last month for saying there was a “clear campaign” against Chelsea after the December draw at Southampton.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel (knee) is the only definite injury absentee for tonight’s Premier League clash with everton at Goodison Park, but Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) is fit again.

The Everton contest sees the return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge after the Belgium forward struggled to break through into Mourinho’s plans and was sold last summer.

Mourinho said: “He proves every weekend that he’s a good player. Nobody has doubts at Chelsea that he’s a good player.

“We know Romelu is a good player. [Andre] Schurrle is a good player, [Kevin] de Bruyne is a good player, [Juan’ Mata is a good player. We don’t sell garbage. We sell top players.

“That’s football, that’s life, that’s market. If he’s happy, that’s good. He wanted to play all the time.”

Chelsea are seven points clear of City but Mourinho is taking nothing for granted after the holders again dropped points in drawing with Hull last weekend.

“If it was 14 points with seven matches to go, you are almost, almost, almost there,” he said.

“But seven matches with 14 matches to go is a long way to go. What is seven points? It’s better than zero.”

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